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Challenge Design and Simulation of an Accurate Shooter-Locator
Design and Simulation of an Accurate Shooter-Locator
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 408
Posted: Mar 02 2011
Challenge ID: 9932699
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We are looking for a design and simulation of a shooter locator that can detect any small arms fire within a threat perimeter within a fraction of a second and pinpoint its source accurately (within a few meters) within a few seconds.

This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires a written proposal and proof-of-concept data including a computer simulation of the radio frequency and electrical performance of the system. Convincing evidence of feasibility based on component availability and physics or empirical simulation is required for the award. Experimental evidence would be considered a strong positive and will weigh favorably toward an award, although it is not strictly required. You can try our new Team Project functionality on this Challenge.

We are looking for a design and simulation of a shooter locator that can locate any small arms fire in a zone quickly and pinpoint its source accurately in a few seconds. Note:  There needs to be a very rapid (well under a second) detection and alarm followed in a few seconds later by a location of the shooter.  If the locator function is also very fast, that is a plus, but is not needed. 

The submission to the Challenge should include the following: 

  1. A detailed description of the proposed solution addressing specific Technical Requirements presented in the Detailed Description of the Challenge.  This description should be accompanied by a well-articulated rationale supported by literature/patent precedents.
  2. Experimental proof-of-concept data and a computer simulation of the system.
  3. Drawings/Schematics as well as rough cost estimates.   

The award is contingent upon theoretical evaluation and experimental validation of the submitted Solutions by the Seeker. 

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker,  instead, they will grant to the Seeker non-exclusive license to practice their solutions. 

Team-based Proposals We value the diverse nature of the Solvers in our Network, and are now encouraging you to strengthen your Proposals by recruiting team members to work on this Challenge. Past experience shows that collaborating with multi-disciplinary colleagues and submitting Proposals as a team can truly yield great results. To support team collaboration, we have added new functionality called a "Team Project Room". A Team Project Room is a secure online workspace that allows a group of Solvers to securely collaborate and solve an InnoCentive Challenge. Team Project Room functionality will only be available for selected Challenges. By encouraging Solvers to work together, we believe that the quality and quantity of solutions to more complex or multidisciplinary Challenges will be improved. If you want to read more about Team Project Rooms, click here. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Find team members using the discussion forum found in this Challenge Project Room or and have them register as a Solver on
  2. Once you have your team, click on the Team Room Form tab found in the Project Room for this Challenge and fill in the required fields.

That’s it! All inquiries will be responded to within 1 business day. We look forward to seeing your teams collaborate in our new work environment, and would greatly appreciate any feedback.

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An InnoCentive RTP (Reduction to Practice) Challenge is a prototype that proves an idea, and is similar to an InnoCentive Theoretical Challenge in its high level of detail. However, an RTP requires the Solver to submit a validated solution, either in the form of original data or a physical sample. Also the Seeker is allowed to test the proposed solution. For details about treatment of IP rights, please see the Challenge-Specific Agreement.

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