NIST Launches Registration Portal for ‘CHARIoT’ Public Safety Tech Sprint

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has opened its registration portal for the augmented reality and internet of things increments of the CHARIoT Challenge.

NIST first announced the effort last week and plans to award over $1 million to participants that can demonstrate AR and IoT technologies for emergency response applications.

According to the challenge’s website, NIST will select up to 15 finalists for the AR increment to receive business acceleration support, in-person training and mentorship opportunities with entities in the public safety community.

Technologies under the AR track may include holographic interfaces and heads-up displays to visualize information for first responders.

Under the IoT track, participants may submit concepts for data streaming based on “smart city” concepts to optimize agency resources and accelerate response time.

Selected participants will showcase their IoT capabilities at the 2020 International Wireless Communications Expo and four finalists will be downselected for the culminating live event.

Interested parties may submit concept papers and mock-up videos until May 6.

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