Ultra-High Speed App Challenge Winners Selected

Three winning entries have been selected to share the Ultra-High Speed (UHS) Application Challenge prize of $150,000. This Challenge was created to encourage software developers and public safety professionals to develop applications that could significantly improve public safety operations using public domain data and UHS bandwidth systems to provide real-time and individually tailored information in rapidly evolving emergency situations.

Recipients include:

City of Ammon, school emergency screencast application
First Prize, $75,000

The school emergency screencast application works with a school’s existing camera systems, UHS bandwidth and gunshot detection hardware to report gunshot fire and provide live video feed to first responders in real time. This allows for a more rapid, effective and coordinated response.

City of Torrance, UHS mapping application
Second Prize, $50,000

The UHS Mapping application empowers individual businesses, schools and other building owners to share their location and other data, such as maps, floor plans, parking structures, or dangerous chemicals lists, with first responders. This information can be made available to first responders in real time via mobile device, providing critical information during rapidly evolving emergency situations.

Forensic Logic, Inc., LEAP Network video application
Third Prize, $25,000

The LEAP network connects public CCTV with crime records and open-source GIS platforms. This allows law enforcement to search video feeds from a range of video management software live on-site, or after a crime is reported.

Click here to learn more about the winning UHS apps.

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