AT&T Mobile App Hackathon – Palo Alto – Public Safety
Over the weekend we gathered with fire, police and various first responders to host the first hackathon focused on public safety mobile applications. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) played a crucial role in pulling together the event and we have to give them big props for being agile with event planning as well as working with our AT&T Public Safety division to make this event a reality.
With 73+ attendees and 13 teams that presented a slew of excellent applications, the various first responders and judges were impressed with the depth of the solutions as well as the range of attendees that showed up. As usual, the high school kids that showed up, this time from Monta Vista High School, really amazed the crowd with their technical prowness and understanding.
This public safety hackathon was a fantastic exercise in exploring what is possible when bringing together multiple groups interested in the same goal, but with radically different backgrounds. As we move forward with planning more public safety focused events, we hope that more local first responder organizations can get involved with these hackathons and that they can drive real world specifications for applications that they can hopefully use in the field.
Here are some links to pictures and other blogs from the event:
Here are the prizes and the top teams:
- #1 Overall, Ericsson $1 Team Comunication, Bunny Ears – InstantAct
- #2 Overall, ALU $1000 Location Challenge – Trakr
- #3 Overall – CERTify
- Ericsson $1k Situational Awareness – ThroughWalls Glassware
- AT&T API Sierra Wiress Data Puck – Mountain View iReport
Without further ado, here is a list of the teams that competed this last weekend:
AT&T Help – AT&T Help is an app that helps you in emergencies. It has two components, a website where doctors, emt, regular people sign up as volunteers and an iOS/Android app called AT&T Help on your phone. The app has a flashlight mode but does much more. The map leads you to your friends and family. The monitor watches your vitals and connects you to a volunteer if necessary. It asks you a few questions and uploads a ten second video. It uses sensors to watch your state, fallen and unable to get up, it transmits your location and uses the flash as a beacon.
ThroughWalls Glassware – See through walls with Google Glass! ThroughWalls Glassware shows you clear indicators in your heads up wearable display that let you have expanded situational awareness. You can even look through walls and buildings! When facing different directions you are guided with large left/right arrows and on screen indicators that show the exact heading to important things like California Highway Patrol incidents, San Diego County Emergency Site shelters, traffic cameras, and cities.For traffic cameras you can tap on your glass touchpad and see a live image through the camera. For shelters and incidents you see additional data on what is happening, like if it is a bicycle vs. vehicle incident or a horse running up and down the road. Need to know what caused a miles long traffic jam without pulling out a phone? We got you covered! Look ahead and tap the right web cam to view. Need to know which additional officers to dispatch to a highway incident while you are in your cruiser and not at the office? We’ve got you covered, a quick look toward the incident and tap shows you all the details live off the AT&T internet connection.
Mountain View iReport – Our app allows citizens to instantly report crimes using multimedia and their location. The backend dispatcher can view an AI-powered summary to better assist in dispatching resources to the scene of the crime. Because the app helps handle non-emergencies, 911 can return to what it used to be, for real emergencies.
near2emergency – Emergency responders live in an inherently mobile environment – but their work is often done in groups. near2emergency provide location-based information to a first responder in the field about his/her location, the location of others in their cohort, and gives permissioned access about that information to their command. near2emergency also provides them with information about their situation and environment.
ProjectU – Uber-like way to connect people and emergency personal
Mutual Aid – Mutual Aid + Context can make a critical difference.
Trakr – So a lot of public service resources aren’t being used to their full capability, and police officers can’t always investigate small crimes like petty theft or everyday complaints. Are system allows citizens and police to upload data, and then we analyze it with a heat map so that the police can best utilize their resources.
InstantAct – Emergency services in the field need a more modern way of communicating with each other. This includes both voice communication and awareness of the location of their colleagues. InstantAct allows for officers to take advantage of modern app-style communication without having to buy expensive new hardware, and just using a conventional smartphone. The browser-based app allows the client or server to run on any smartphone or computer.
Mirconium – MIRCONIUM (the missing mobile element) is a new-age mobile incidence response coordination system which implements real-time maps, video chat and other coordination and information processing functionality that augments and complements existing legacy 911 system.
CERTify – During an emergency communications is key and first responders need to quickly and easily coordinate with their CERT Programs. CERT Coordinators need an interoperable solution to manage their CERT members, track their training and credentialing, and when disaster strikes, efficiently and effectively mobilize and organize these CERT members. The CERTify Solution provides CERT Coordinators with an application that manages the day-to-day activities of its CERT Members by providing a tool that will:
- Maintain a list of active members
- Announce training opportunities
- Retain CERT Member credentialing (i.e. Shelter Worker, Shelter Manager)
- Provide a Field Operating Guide
- Manage utilities and put out small fires
- Disaster Medical
- Light search and rescue
- Search for and rescue victims safely
- Small Fire Suppression
- Disaster Intelligence gathering
Hello Car – Vehicle is a 3rd level ID for a person following Face (Physical body/DNA), Phone. There are lots of information easily and quickly shared by using License Number which is always visible to public.
AppthorityApp – At present, police departments generally lack the ability to locate officers while dealing w/ an incident, once outside of their vehicles. It is possible to provide location data for officers on foot, as well as to provide a variety of situation awareness data, such as orientation of an officer/device (on the ground?), whether an officer is running (rate of travel), and potentially other items such as ambient noise processing to identify gun shots, or screaming, and also potentially the use of sensors such as temperature to identify if an officer is within proximity of a fire, etc. Having this information reported back to a dashboard where it can be reviewed by commanding officers would help in coordination of efforts.”