Reducing the risk first responders face can make a monumental impact on the success of search and rescue operations, active shooter situations, natural disasters, and other situations where lives are at stake. Just weeks after the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Indiana University has announced a new effort that will promote first responder safety by addressing issues faced in other complicated rescue efforts. The First Responder Smart Tracking (FRST) Challenge seeks big ideas from first responders, technologists, and data specialists utilizing the Internet of Things and indoor geotracking technologies to help reduce risk by providing pinpoint location information.
Launched by the Crisis Technologies Innovation Lab in the Pervasive Technology Institute at Indiana University, with funding from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and challenge management support from Resultant, the FRST Challenge is open to any and all innovators, whether as Individual participants or teams, to design solutions that have the potential to change the safety landscape for first responders. These solutions will be prototyped and developed over the course of the challenge to be evaluated and field tested by teams of first responders and technical experts, with the ultimate goal of bringing promising solutions to market.
“It’s a privilege to partner with Indiana University in support of the FRST Challenge,” said Garth Brazelton, engagement manager for the project and a public sector services manager at Resultant. “This challenge deeply aligns with Resultant’s mission to help our communities thrive by seeking to improve safeguards for those who are on the front lines in emergency response situations.”
Learn more about the project or register to compete at frstchallenge.com.