Be Part of the FRST Challenge!

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About the Challenge

firefighters carrying victim

Tracking has long been a problem for first responders. While GPS tracking can roughly establish where on earth a person is, it is often not accurate enough to ascertain a person’s location or elevation within a building. Knowing the exact location within a structure of first responders during a search and rescue operation is vital to their safety.

This competition exists to identify 3D tracking technology that can give first responders one-meter accuracy in an indoor setting. Use cases include emergency rescue operations and survivor location within large buildings. Successful teams will be awarded funding and entrepreneurial support to bring their solution to market.

R2 Portal

FRST Community Portal

The First Responder Smart Tracking (FRST) Challenge Community Portal (FRST Community Portal) was created in partnership with the R2 Network. As a member of the FRST Challenge, access to a community of peers, mentors, and First Responders will be available on the first day of registration. The R2 portal will include

  • Phase 01

    Submit your whitepaper detailing your team's proposed solution

  • Phase 02

    Work with public safety partners to design & prototype your solution

  • Phase 03

    Complete system design & submit performance data & your video

  • Phase 04

    Live field testing at a state of the art testing facility in Muscatatuck, IN

  • Phase 05

    Advanced Live field testing at a state of the art testing facility in Muscatatuck, IN

Join Phase 2

Step 1

Whether you’re a team of one or have a group, sign up for updates below.

Step 2

Connect with public safety partners to make sure you are on track. We can help you.

Step 3

Work with public safety partners to design & prototype your solution.

Step 4

Be one of 30 teams to receive first-phase funding to support your innovation development.

Up to 10 teams will receive exclusive business acceleration services.

Successful contestants will be awarded funding after each phase to purchase hardware and software to support their prototyping process, along with additional collaboration and mentorship opportunities with challenge associates and impactful public safety partners.

**Prizes can be split among the following categories: cash prizes, travel prizes, entrepreneurial support, and additional awards for your public safety partners. Funds will be distributed to winning teams that progress through phases of the competition, in amounts that will be determined by judges based on the teams’ achievements. Additionally, teams invited to the on-site testing in phase 4 & 5 will be given money to aid in travel to the site.**

Interested in Participating?

Be one of six finalist teams to bring your idea to life and help save the lives of first responders around the globe.