The goal is to put smart city and IoT capabilities into the hands of first responders by 2020
The Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a call for innovators to collaborate on smart city technologies.
S&T and its research and development (R&D) partners are seeking to prototype, test and transition cutting-edge emergency response technologies. The department said its goal is to put tools with smart city and Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities into the hands of first responders by 2020.
“We welcome every opportunity to engage the innovation community in our R&D efforts,” said Dan Cotter, director of S&T’s first responders group.
“This [request for innovators] (RFI) is part of a larger smart cities effort announced in September to spur economic growth and invest in the men and women who protect our communities. We look forward to collaborating to increase first responder safety and efficiency.”
S&T and its partners at the Centre for Innovative Technology, Smart City Works and TechNexus are seeking capabilities to support first responders in three specific areas:
DHS S&T invites parties to express interest by 18 January 2018, with invited final responses due by 15 February 2018. Final selection will be announced in March 2018. Selected performers will be funded at $50,000 for an initial first cut prototype.
Some will be selected for a second funded validation prototype (at $100,000) over a total period of 18 months. The goal at the end of the second round is to have commercially-relevant capabilities that are also ready as a minimum viable product for initial field testing with responders.
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