BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The FRST Challenge, an innovation challenge bringing together technical teams and first responders to create solutions for providing precise location details of first responders inside a structure, announced its Phase Three prize winners. Submissions were evaluated by a team of expert judges to determine the 10 recipients of the $449,000 total prize purse for Phase Three.
“Phase Three submissions confirmed that competitors are developing viable technology on a path to saving first responder lives,” said Sonny Kirkley, FRST project director. “The submitted data demonstrated that solutions are becoming increasingly accurate and full of potential; therefore, the solution field continues to competitively narrow. We’re eager to see the solutions in person with Phase Four submission.”
Competing teams have brought together individuals with backgrounds in academia, technology, entrepreneurship, students, and more. Each team includes a variety of technical and design skills, as well as a First Responder mentor. The winning teams include:
• Navigate IO
• Team ZOT
• Smart FireFightings
• BC Sysnav
• Epic Blue Dot
• Adapti Trace
Led by the Crisis Technologies Innovation Lab in the Pervasive Technology Institute at Indiana University, and funded by an $8 million cooperative agreement from the Public Safety Communications Research Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the challenge formally launched on March 1 with Phase Three submissions submitted on October 3.
Phase Three submissions were intended to validate solution designs. Required deliverables for Phase Three included a complete system design, benchmark data of performance including sensor data, and a video demonstration of the system in action.
Phase Four submissions will include live field testing at the Muscatatuk Urban Training Center facility March 27–31, 2023. The Phase Four Kickoff Webinar will take place on Tuesday, November 8, at 1 pm EST. Office hours and support webinars will take place weekly to support teams in their continued solution development.
An additional special competition to drive the development of specific technology that teams may use will take place in parallel to Phase Four. Special competition winners will contribute to first responder safety solutions and receive compensation for use of their technology.
The FRST Challenge will conclude in October 2023 with advanced live field testing. Prize money will be awarded in each phase of the competition, with a total of $5.6 million in prize funds awarded across five phases of the competition.
About the Pervasive Technology Institute
The Pervasive Technology Institute at IU is both engine and hub for use-inspired basic research and education in compute-and data-driven challenge areas. Drawing together teams of academic researchers, educators, and technical professionals, the projects shaped within its centers and labs go on to find immediate utility in science and engineering research and education in the state of Indiana and the nation. PTI was established in 1999 by a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment.