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Security & Safety Things launches second App Challenge for new analytics solutions

The apps will be developed for the S&ST open Application Store

March 29, 2021  By  SP&T Staff

Security and Safety Things GmbH has announced the launch of its second App Challenge to spur additional creative development in video analytic applications.

The apps will be designed to run on smart cameras using the Security & Safety Things open camera operating system and S&ST open IoT platform, which enables cameras to run a variety of applications simultaneously to perform different functions. The camera OS is based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).

“While many vertical markets share a core set of operational needs, individual organizations also have unique requirements based on the nuances of their location, customer base or other circumstances,” said Adam Wynne, head of the Security & Safety Things Innovation Accelerator based in Pittsburgh, in a prepared statement. “We are calling on the collective creativity and unique perspectives of the developer community to help solve distinct customer challenges, whether that’s a standalone solution or one based on a combination of different applications.”

For this year’s challenge, systems integrators responded to an S&ST survey asking for customer needs and challenges in the four vertical market categories. Based on feedback, developers will be tasked with creating video analytic applications to address a host of different use cases, such as:


• Unmanned aerial detection for drones and other flying objects in stadiums, or during large events
• Suspicious behaviour analytics for the detection of fighting or stealing
• Customer conversion and “out of stock” analytics in retails spaces
• Cargo protection for the detection of vandalism and theft in parking lots and other facilities
• Hygiene and PPE checks in healthcare facilities, as well as anomaly detection for unusual behaviour in elder-care facilities

Three winners will be chosen by a jury of 20 prominent integrators and will be awarded individual prizes of 10,000€ each. Winners will also be invited to showcase their solution at the Security & Safety Things (S&ST) booth at an upcoming event, including escon 2021.

The winning apps from the 2020 App Challenge provided solutions for retail and commercial buildings, transportation and smart city, and manufacturing and logistics categories.

How it works:
• Developers can submit multiple proposals for more than one vertical by April 26.
• Proposals will be reviewed and the most promising will be chosen by the Jury to proceed with development. Developers will have from April 29 to July 31 to create their solution(s).
• Once developed, the app will need to be uploaded to the Application Store by 31st July. S&ST and the jury will test and review the apps.
• Winners will be chosen by the end of August.

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