CommanDING Tech Challenge

Command Dashboard Integrating Next-Gen Technology Challenge for Public Safety

Other Funding
  • Program Type
    Other Funding
  • Funding Award
  • Submission Deadline
    June 17, 2022 01:00 AM +08: Challenge Informational Webinar
  • Program Duration
    Early April 2023: Phase 4 Winners Announced

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division is hosting the Command Dashboard Integrating Next-Gen Technology (CommanDING Tech) Challenge, a four-phase competition looking for the best next-generation incident command dashboards. Through 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 incident command dashboards and, in turn, improve the effectiveness of emergency response. Contestants will bring new technology to the arena or improve their existing technology throughout the Challenge. The finalists will showcase their dashboards by completing a public safety emergency scenario in real time. Contestants’ dashboards can use a variety of technologies for the Challenge, including but not limited to virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), web-based, or hand-held devices (phone or tablet). All submissions must be able to integrate and respond to multiple data feeds and have a mobile, intuitive user interface that makes it more efficient and effective for public safety officers to respond to emergency situations. PSCR and its Challenge partners, of whom are listed on and the Challenge website, will award prizes valued at up to $1,000,000 to Contestants that meet the eligibility requirements.

Challenge Goals and Objectives

The goal of this Challenge is to leverage existing technology both within and beyond the incident command space and incentivize improving the quality, usability, and functionality of incident command dashboards for first responders. Existing dashboards are often limited by the quality of their user interface, ability to access data, or the cost to the public safety organization. As a result, public safety responders still rely on manual methods of staging and responding to an emergency situation. This Challenge aims to bring forward dashboards using multiple technologies, including VR, AR, mobile, and web-based solutions. All submissions for the Challenge must demonstrate an improvement to their prototype as demonstrated through the Prototype Capabilities Matrix (see Appendix A) updated throughout the Challenge. Public safety experts and video and data analytics professionals will support the Challenge, helping Contestants advance and enhance the state of the art of incident command dashboards.

PSCR's mission is to advance public safety communications technologies and their adoption in order to support the public safety community in protecting lives and property at all times. The CommanDING Tech Challenge, following other PSCR UI/UX Challenges, such as the 2020 CHARIoT Challenge, will further develop emergency response technology to improve the effectiveness of incident command response during a crisis.

Future Phases

Check out an overview of each competition phase below - complete rules for each phase will be released as the competition progresses.