BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Do you have an idea for a technology solution to help locate first responders inside structures in an emergency? Join the First Responder Smart Tracking (FRST) Challenge and submit your initial concept paper by March 21, 2022.
A major obstacle for first responders is the need to track each other inside a structure. Current technologies are unable to provide precise location details inside a structure, and that can mean life or death to those responding to an emergency call. The FRST Challenge brings teams together to create the tools that will solve this problem.
“We’re creating an environment where innovation happens,” said Sonny Kirkley, FRST project director. “We’re not just doing a research project to write a paper and publish it in a journal where no first responder will ever read it. We’re convening the right players who can help solve a problem in the near term. We’re looking for a good, solid idea and a team worth investing in.”
In the first phase of the challenge, teams must submit concept papers describing their proposed technology solution, their team qualifications, and their first responder partnership. All teams will advance from Phase 1 to Phase 2 regardless of whether they win prize funds in the initial judging, as the FRST Challenge hopes to cast as wide a net as possible for interesting solutions. Additionally, walk-on competitors are welcome to join the competition in future phases. 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.
We’re not just doing a research project to write a paper and publish it in a journal where no first responder will ever read it. We’re convening the right players who can help solve a problem in the near term.
The Pervasive Technology Institute at Indiana University is a collaborative organization designed to marshal IU’s computational experts and resources quickly in response to societal, research, and educational needs. In partnership with University Information Technology Services, the Pervasive Technology Institute also led the original Jetstream award. The institute was established in 1999 by a grant from the Lilly Endowment and has continued to lead productive uses and applications of research technologies for over 20 years.