Airbus has kicked off the innovation initiative “Critical App Challenge” for Belgium to set in motion developers and start-ups in Belgium to create the best applications for public safety users. Airbus is giving life to a digital ecosystem for its secure device Tactilon Dabat, an Android smartphone and Tetra radio in one. The aim is to establish new digital solutions to help police, firefighters and other professionals improve their work.
The Critical App Challenge’s concept is based on the idea of hackathons: Software pioneers, user interface designers, and business managers work together intensively in a limited amount of time towards building proofs of concept for innovative digital solutions.
Start-up companies and app creators from Belgium can enrol for the online challenge on the website www.criticalappbe.bemyapp.com. An expert jury will then select the five best participants who can show the most promising and feasible results at the end of September. The winners will subsequently be invited to the ASTRID User Days 2018 in Brussels on 3rd and 4th of October.
“We are looking for path-breaking ideas for our Tactilon Dabat. This Critical App Challenge in Belgium is a unique incentive for inventive minds. Contributors profit from getting special access to mission-critical markets,” says Rahim Zaknoun, Head of Innovation & Developer Ecosystem at Secure Land Communication of Airbus.
Application developers who are generally interested in cooperating with Airbus in the field of mission- or business-critical communication can register for the SmarTWISP programme on the “Secure Land Communications” website. They will find a starter kit which helps make new mission-critical applications.