First Responder Smart Tracking (FRST)

Challenge Overview

As first responders scour a building during search and rescue, the ability for incident commanders to know exactly where they are provides immense safety benefits. Having accurate location data in a structure is vital to their safety, especially in life-and-death situations where every second counts. 

Risk is a reality of emergency response, and reducing this risk allows for faster and safer emergency engagements. Technologies that could potentially provide better situational awareness to first responders have developed rapidly over the past decade, with many wireless devices and sensors emerging within the global context of the Internet of Things (IoT). However, first-responder technology significantly lacks situational awareness regarding three-dimensional positioning inside building structures; while GPS can determine someone’s coordinates outdoors, it often cannot accurately determine where someone is inside a structure or which floor of a building they’re on. 

Understanding a responder’s location in all three dimensions is invaluable to first responder coordination and safety. In this challenge, you’ll explore how 3D tracking technology can be used in high-stress, time-sensitive environments. Successful participants will produce a technology that can track first responders to <1 meter accuracy in three dimensions, with no pre-deployed infrastructure and in a variety of non-ideal environments. It is essential that the solutions developed and submitted in the final phase of the competition meet the diverse needs of first responders and are affordable. 


How to Engage

Submit Your Whitepaper

Whether you’re a team of one or have a group, sign up for competition updates here and start developing your solution.

Find Your Public Safety Partner

Connect with public safety partners to make sure you are on track. If you need help finding a first responder partner or forming a team, we will try to help.

Develop Your Prototype

Be one of 10 teams to receive the third round of funding to support your innovation development.

Participate in Training and Mentoring Programs

Sign up for programs aimed at helping you develop your skills and refine your prototypes in each phase of the competition.


We need innovators like you to join the FRST Challenge to develop a system of tools and technologies to help our first responders. You will ensure our communities are safer and public safety professionals are more prepared to handle crisis situations.

If you have a great idea and the skills to turn it into a reality, the FRST Challenge provides the opportunity to earn funding and support each step of the way, from conceptualizing to market release. The FRST Challenge aims to bring together leaders in technology, entrepreneurship, and public safety to bring effective and practical 3D tracking solutions to market.