NIST Hosts Command Dashboard Integrating Next-Generation Technology Challenge (CommanDING Tech)


The Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology is hosting the Command Dashboard Integrating Next-Gen Technology (CommandDING Tech) Challenge, a four-phase competition seeking best next generation incident command dashboards.

With improved user interfaces and user experience (UI/UX) and the ability to work with video, sensor, and map data in multi-story buildings, PSCR aims to improve the quality of control dashboards incident and, therefore, to improve the effectiveness of emergency response. Competitors will bring new technologies to the arena or upgrade their existing technology throughout the challenge. The finalists will present their dashboards by carrying out a real-time public safety emergency scenario. Contestant dashboards may use a variety of technologies for the challenge, including but not limited to virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), web, or handheld devices (phone or tablet) ).

All submissions must be able to integrate and respond to multiple data streams and have a mobile, intuitive user interface that allows public safety officers to respond more effectively to emergency situations. PSCR and its Challenge partners will award prizes worth up to $1,000,000 to applicants who meet the eligibility criteria.

Register here for the CommanDING Tech Challenge informational webinar on June 16 at 11 a.m. MT.

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For official challenge rules, please visit

Background information

The goal of this challenge is to leverage existing technology both within and beyond the incident command space and encourage improvements in the quality, usability and functionality of incident command dashboards for first responders. Existing dashboards are often limited by the quality of their user interface, their ability to access data, or the cost to the public safety organization. As a result, public safety responders still rely on manual methods to organize and respond to an emergency. This challenge aims to offer dashboards using multiple technologies, including VR, AR, mobile and web solutions. All Challenge submissions must demonstrate improvement in their updated dashboard throughout the Challenge. Public safety experts and video and data analytics professionals will support the challenge, helping participants advance and improve the state of the art in incident command dashboards.

Summary of the phases of the challenge

  • Phase 1 – Concept Paper: Applicants must submit a concept paper and images or videos of their dashboards.
  • Phase 2a – Public Safety Collaboration: Participants will partner with a public safety entity throughout the challenge. If applicants do not already have a partnership with a public safety entity, a list of available public safety officers will be provided to them. Applicants will submit a letter that implies their partnership with a public safety partner.
  • Phase 2b – Video demonstration: Entrants will document the progress they have made on their prototypes through a written update and video demonstration of the prototype with the judging panel.
  • Phase 3 – Laboratory assessment: The judging panel will test each nominee’s dashboard in a Department of Commerce lab space in Boulder, Colorado, using the prototype to execute an emergency response with simulated data.
  • Phase 4 – Technology Demonstration: The demo event is a live public safety emergency, staged in a multi-story building where teams will showcase their dashboard capabilities.

Additional Challenge Information

The CommanDING Tech Challenge is hosted by the PSCR Division of NIST and managed by and LMI. Challenge partners are the First Responder Network Authority, the University of Houston, and the University of Memphis.

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