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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — Indiana University has launched a competition designed to help first responders. The university says the First Responder Smart Tracking Challenge will feature teams competing to develop the best technology to locate first responders inside structures.

IU says the lack of options to track each other inside structures is a major obstacle for first responders. Set to begin in November, the competition will feature businesses, companies and students forming teams continuing through phases until the winning concepts are selected.

“We are increasingly seeing new Internet of Things and tracking technologies emerging on the market and maturing in research labs around the world. Our goal is to create an environment to accelerate innovations that revolutionize location tracking indoors,” said Sonny Kirkley, FRST project director. “Over the next two years, we’ll provide education,…

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