The CHARIoT challenge could not have come soon enough. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently launched CHARIoT with the goal of leveraging IoT technologies to better assist in first responder situations. At this moment this is critical for those first responders attending to the coronavirus crisis, but these IoT technologies could help in all emergencies from the control of floods, to wildfires, to mass transit incidents. The IoT-based solutions the challenge is looking to leverage would help in monitoring people at a given location, or hazardous materials that may be present, and could even track actions of emergency personnel.The article that follows provides more detail on the challenge and the desired outcomes from it. 

The COVID-19 crisis has shown that we can’t help first responders enough. They struggle with communication, old technology, lack of personal protective gear, and more. Bringing in new technology can help them perform better and faster.

To that end, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently launched its CHARIoT Challenge, which calls on innovators and problem solvers to design new technologies that can leverage real-time Internet of Things (IoT) data so optimal decisions can be made that save lives in crisis.

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