Life-Saving Technologies will Come from CrowdsourcingTammi Marcoullier
The future of emergency services and saving more lives in disasters hinges on the success of technology that will be developed through crowdsourcing. Interoperability among first responder devices, Immersive Reality with VR/AR, and down-to-the-meter location based services that can accurately show 3D building interiors on multi-level buildings are just three of the key areas where we expect to see advanced technology leaps in the next six to ten years. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is dedicating upwards of $150 million to open innovation programs to accelerate research and development in public safety communications technology. The results will ultimately have a worldwide impact — whether the countries have dedicated broadband networks or they operate with off-network proximity services. We are poised to shake up the standard research and development practices and challenge the way we interact with academia and industry, while opening a door to bring in thousands of new people and companies to develop these solutions. What you’ll learn: How to combine mission and millions of dollars for social impact and public good. (In the U.S. alone: 60,000 state and local agencies with 5 million first responders serve more than 320 million citizens. We are also talking with other countries where new tech will have widespread impact.) Why crowdsourcing is needed now in public safety technology. How to combine crowdsourcing with traditional funding opportunities, like grants and cooperative agreements. The downside of taking risks. How to bring about innovative change in a structured R&D environment.