The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking innovative solutions that can help track the next generation of first responders while they are inside of a structure without having to set up prepositioned towers or other devices.
This is an Ideation Prize competition. The total cash prize payout for this competition is $25,000 (USD) consisting of a first place award of $20,000 (USD) and a second place award of $5,000 (USD). The awards will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker.
NOTE: For the purposes of this document, “Prize competition” refers to an InnoCentive Challenge.
The development of sensors and communications able to perform well across a variety of environments is one of the biggest challenges in first responder indoor tracking. In this Prize competition, the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) First Responders Group is seeking innovative methods for real-time, robust indoor tracking of the next generation first responder. Proposed solutions should be personalized, modular and scalable as well as employ current and emerging technologies, sensors, and techniques. Submissions should consist of a concept/design for a low cost, robust, real-time indoor tracking capability.
This is an Ideation Prize competition, which has the following unique features:
Submissions to this Prize competition must be received electronically by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on April 2, 2015. Late submissions will not be considered.
After the Prize competition deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submitted a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.
About the Seeker
The Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate, First Responders Group (FRG) was established under S&T in November 2010. FRG identifies, validates, and facilitates the fulfillment of First Responder capability gaps through the use of existing and emerging technologies, knowledge products, and the acceleration of standards. FRG manages working groups, teams, and other stakeholder outreach efforts in order to better understand the needs and requirements of local, tribal, state, and Federal First Responders, including those on the front line of border protection and transportation security. Additionally, FRG directs all Office for Interoperability and Compatibility, National Urban Security Technology Laboratory, and Technology Clearinghouse/Responder Technology activities.
Pursuant to the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science (COMPETES) Reauthorization Act of 2010 (The America COMPETES Act), 15 U.S.C. § 3719, awards for this Prize competition may only be given to an individual that is a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States, or an entity that is incorporated in and whose primary place of business is in the United States, subject to verification by the Seeker before Prizes are awarded. Further restrictions apply – see Prize competition Specific Agreement and the Federal Register Notice for full eligibility details.
What is an InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge?
An InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.
In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:
Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.