MAWWFRS’s GovTech Challenge Competition opens on Monday 15th October.
year UK fire and rescue service attend over 55,000 incidents inside buildings
or structures, however, they are currently unable to accurately monitor and
track a firefighting crew’s location within a structure in real-time. The
challenge for Firefighters and all Emergency Responders is gaining real-time
situational awareness and being able to reliably track personnel in the open
and know their location, including floor level, within a building.
tragic incidents, such as the Manchester Arena bombing and the Grenfell Tower
fire, have brought into sharp contrast the extremely dangerous and complex
environment Firefighters and Emergency Responders operate in. Post-incident
enquiries and reviews have consistently highlighted weaknesses in
communications and the ability to seamlessly receive and share real-time
operational information to support decision making and capture information to
inform post-incident review, investigation and learning.
are looking to engage and work with multiple companies and organisations, to
take existing technologies and combine them to develop a solution which can be
used by all emergency responders to accurately track their staff within the
from the Govtech Catalyst scheme provides the opportunity to research
and develop existing and new technologies to enable real-time tracking of
Firefighters, within buildings and structures, and encourages different
companies and organisations to work collaboratively to deliver potential
solutions to this challenge.
challenge has 4 parts
- How can we enable instantly deployable
real-time tracking of Firefighters within buildings and their proximity to
prevailing hazards at previously unknown locations?
- How can we deploy mobile technology to allow
the tracking of Firefighters which can instantly create a ‘digital
network’ to share information at all incident locations?
- How can we provide a software solution
which enables seamless data collation, access and sharing across
Emergency Responders and partner agencies?
- How can we present a
real-time 3D map of operational environments, using virtual and augmented
reality technologies, to
enhance operational safety and post-incident review?
do startups get involved?
You can read about our challenge
on the Innovation Funding Service website and interested companies
can register before Wednesday, 21 November 2018 12:00pm, should
they wish to apply.
There’s information on our Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue
Service website or they
can register for our LAUNCH EVENT.
To join in the conversation and make contact with potential
collaborators, sign up to our MAWWFRS GovTech Team.
If you have any additional questions contact Steve McLinden.
do successful suppliers get?
Phase 1 - Opportunity to apply for up to
£50,000 (including VAT) in Phase 1 to research and develop ideas and proposals,
plus the opportunity to bid for additional funding up to £500,000 in Phase
Phase 2 (if successful in Phase 1) - You’ll retain the intellectual
property and will be helping to significantly improve Firefighter safety and
deliver this much needed solution to the wider global emergency response
Here is the
link to the GovTech pages detailing our challenge,