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ASAPS Challenge Launches

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Public Safety Communications Research Division (PSCR) launched the Automated Streams Analysis for Public Safety (ASAPS) Challenge in Spring 2020. The overall vision of this program is to provide public safety with advanced real-time emergency detection, situational awareness, and decision-making capabilities from many live unstructured data streams.


In this recorded webinar, John Garofolo Senior Advisor for Information Access Programs at NIST/PSCR Analytics Lead, Craig Connelly, Open Innovation, Prize Challenge Specialist at NIST and Julie Stroup, Public Safety Video Program Manager Houston Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security, discuss the importance of ASAPS and how data analytic tools are currently being used in public safety operations. ASAPS strives to stimulate R&D in critical technologies and future products that will provide public safety with advanced real-time emergency detection, situational awareness and decision-making capabilities based on input from many live, unstructured data streams.


The first of four contests launched on May 6, 2020 and challenged participants to develop paper concepts describing the components and systems needed to implement the real-time multi-modal stream analyses for the first phase of the challenge. Later contests will be focused on implementation of the analytic portion of the challenge and then on how that analytic information can be best visualized, delivered, and interacted with in the context of an emergency operations center.


Watch the ASAPS Challenge Welcome Webinar to learn more about the ASAPS Challenge and its critical role in improving public safety readiness.




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