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NIST Award Competition Seeks Innovative Incident Command Dashboards for Public Safety


In an emergency, first responders need to track assets, personnel, and other vital information in an unfolding situation. A new challenge from NIST encourages developers to improve these incident command dashboards.


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BOULDER, Colo. – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is launching a new competition to advance incident command dashboard technologies that would enable real-time tracking of assets, personnel and objects of interest during emergency scenarios.

Through the Next-Gen Command Dashboard Integrating, or CommanDING, Tech Challenge, NIST will bring together first responders, video analytics and indoor location professionals, public safety experts, and participants to advance and improve the role of incident command dashboards for public safety.

Challenge participants will take advantage of next-generation technologies such as 3D laser scans of buildings, indoor location technology, video analytics, Internet of Things and personal area data networks, learning how to integrate them to deliver powerful and user-friendly incident command dashboards. for first responders. Entrants may submit dashboards designed in virtual reality, augmented reality, web, mobile, etc., but must ensure that the dashboard is accessible for use in a mobile environment by first responders.

The competition is now accepting entries and will have several stages until April 2023.

“The CommandDING Tech Challenge will encourage innovation to develop next-generation user-friendly interfaces designed for and with public safety, while showcasing the latest capabilities in public safety communications research areas like IoT, analytics and location-based services,” said Derek Orr. , head of NIST’s Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) division. “We look forward to seeing the innovators’ concepts and prototypes for public safety incident command dashboards.”

Up to $1 million will be awarded in prizes over the four stages of the challenge. The winners will be determined by a jury, assisted by a team of subject matter experts, at each stage of the competition.

The CommanDING Tech Challenge is hosted by NIST and managed by Freelancer.com, which operates as an independent and crowdsourced marketplace, in conjunction with LMI, a consulting firm specializing in advanced analytics, digital services and logistics. Several entities are also partnering with NIST for key elements of the challenge, including the University of Houston, the University of Memphis, and the First Responder Network Authority.

NIST encourages all user interface/user experience (UI/UX) developers and innovators to contribute their ideas to this contest. To learn more about eligibility requirements, visit challenge.gov, and for more information about the challenge and to register, visit the challenge website.