TheÂ National Institute of Standards and Technology has launched a challenge to foster the development of a smartphone application for indoor navigation.
NIST said Friday theÂ PerfLoc competition aims to giveÂ app developers and small companies access to NIST-collected data to aid theÂ creation computer algorithms for indoor localization tools.
An NIST-led teamÂ collected data fromÂ four different smartphone models over an 18-month research effort to support the development of indoor navigation apps.
The team walked the smartphones along 30 different directionsÂ in four various buildings to gather data that participants must interpretÂ using computer algorithms to provideÂ estimates of the smartphones’ locations.
The data is publicly available online and includes smartphone sensor readings, radio frequency signal strengths and global positioning system fixes.
NIST noted indoor GPS platforms can help users navigate unfamiliar buildings and assistÂ emergency responders in locating victims and fallen partners.
The agency will awardÂ $20,000, $10,000 and $5,000 in cash prizes to top three winners and the grand prize awardee will beÂ given the opportunity to demonstrate their app at a conference in Japan.
NIST will accept challenge submissionsÂ through Aug. 17.