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NIST Awards $38.5 Million to public safety communications R&D projects

nistpublicsafety_1.jpgThe US Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded $38.5 million in multiyear grants to 33 R&D projects broadband communications technologies for first responders.

The grants are part of the Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program funded by NIST’s $300 million allocation from the 2015 auction of advanced wireless service licenses. 

NIST reviewed 162 proposals from a diverse pool of national and international applicants across industry, academia and public safety organisations. The 33 selected projects span five key technology areas that have the potential to greatly enhance public safety communications and operations: 

  • Mission critical voice (moving from traditional radios to cellular systems)
  • Location-based services (conducting indoor positioning, navigation and mapping)
  • Public safety analytics (handling and exploiting more data)
  • Research and prototyping platforms (enabling low-cost R&D tools)
  • Resilient systems (ensuring systems work in poor conditions)

The awardees and their projects are (in descending order of award value): 

New York University (New York, New York) - $2,265,051
End-to-End Research Platform for Public Safety Millimeter Wave Communications 

Vencore Labs, Inc., doing business as Applied Communications Science (Basking Ridge, New Jersey) - $1,962,779
Device-to-Device System for Public Safety (DDPS) 

University of California – Irvine (Irvine, California) - $1,960,613
Ultimate Navigation Chip (uNavChip): Chip-Scale Personal Navigation System Integrating Deterministic Localization and Probabilistic Signals of Opportunity 

Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) - $1,800,000
Real-Time Video Analytics for Situation Awareness 

Texas A&M Engineering Experiments Station (College Station, Texas) - $1,800,000
DistressNet-NG: Resilient Mobile Broadband Communication and Edge Computing for FirstNet 

Western Fire Chiefs Association, Inc. (Wilsonville, Oregon) - $1,741,548
Creation of a Unified Analysis Framework and the Data Comparison Center 

New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (Trenton, New Jersey) - $1,701,657
Fiscal Year 2017 Public Safety Innovation Acceleration Program

University of Houston (Houston, Texas) - $1,577,626
Multi-tiered Video Analytics for Abnormality Detection and Alerting to Improve Response Time for First Responder Communications and Operations 

University of Colorado (Boulder, Colorado) - $1,502,796
SDR LTE Network Testbed and RESPONS

Software Radio Systems Limited (Cork, Ireland) - $1,453,100

TRX Systems, Inc. (Greenbelt, Maryland) - $1,414,605
TRX First Responder Location and Mapping Services

Sonim Technologies, Inc. (San Mateo, California) - $1,398,950
End-to-End Mission Critical Push to Talk with Direct Mode Operation

Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas) - $1,343,952
SAFE-NET: An Integrated Connected Vehicle and Computing Platform for Public Safety Applications 

Universidad del Pais Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (Leioa, Spain) - $1,259,143
Mission Critical Open Platform (MCOP) 

Cornell University (Ithaca, New York) - $1,241,825
Towards an Emergency Edge Supercloud 

Voxel51 LLC (Ann Arbor, Michigan) - $1,241,189
ETA: Extensible Tools for Analytics in Public Safety 

University of California – Riverside (Riverside, California) - $1,223,527
Modeling and Development of Resilient Communication for First Responders in Disaster Management 

University of Oxford (Oxford, United Kingdom) - $1,182,904
Pervasive, Accurate and Reliable Location Based Services for Emergency Responders 

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, Virginia) - $1,119,854
Towards Cognitive Assistant Systems for Emergency Response 

Michigan Technological University (Houghton, Michigan) - $1,007,049
Resilient System Solutions for Data Sharing for Wildland Fire Incident Operations

University of Washington (Seattle, Washington) - $1,000,000
Modeling, Simulation and Performance Evaluation for Future Public Safety Networks 

University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan) - $997,873
Decimeter Accurate, Long Range Non-Line-of-Sight RF Localization Solution for Public Safety Applications 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Massachusetts) - $799,000
Situational Awareness for Emergencies Through Network-Enabled Technologies (SafeT-Net) 

Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) - $782,280
An Infrastructure-Free Localization System for Firefighters

George Washington University (Washington, D.C.) - $700,000
Coverage, Capacity, and Resilience Enhancement in Limited PSN 

University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan) - $688,938
Body-Worn Camera Analytics (BOCA) in Public Safety 

Misram LLC, doing business as Spectronn (Holmdel, New Jersey) - $649,984
Heterogeneous Fog Communications and Computing for Resilience

Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) - $642,039
Hyper-Reality Helmet for Mapping and Visualizing Public Safety Data

University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, Ohio) - $500,364
Information-Driven Video Communication for Public Safety Networks 

Prominent Edge LLC (Nokesville, Virginia) - $500,218
StatEngine: A Real-Time Open Source Data Analytics and Visualization Platform for Public Safety 

University of Southern California (Los Angeles, California) - $449,101
Propagation Channel Models and System Performance for Device-to-Device Communications for Public Safety Applications 

University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, Ohio) - $398,869
First Responder Indoor Location Using LTE Direct Mode Operations 

Harris Corporation (Melbourne, Florida) - $200,464

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