resources & faq 




Below you’ll find a list of frequently asked questions and answers. If you have any further questions about the Expanding the SIM Card Use for Public Safety Challenge, please e-mail [email protected] by April 26. PSCR will publicly post the responses here to any questions submitted by the April 26 deadline.

What is the goal of the Expanding the SIM Card Use for Public Safety Challenge?

On-demand access to data is critical for ensuring that public safety and first responders can protect life and property during an emergency. Since critical public safety communication often contains sensitive information, robust and reliable access controls and authentication mechanisms are required. Therefore, the goal of this Challenge is to assess the potential of using the SIM card as a storage container for public safety application credentials. This Challenge also seeks to convene first responders, mobile device providers, network providers, authentication providers, researchers, and innovators in order to collaborate and advance the state of mobile device security for public safety.

What are the opportunities for entrepreneurs?

The challenge partners, First Responder Network Authority, FirstNet built with AT&T, IBM and Nok Nok Labs will share about their innovation process and ways entrepreneurs can engage with their organizations. The optional prize award of up to $3,500 in business technical assistance services could help advance contestants’ innovation and/or entrepreneurial pursuits.

Who is eligible to participate?

Please review the eligibility rules portion as part of the Official Rules.

  • Individual: Individuals can participate in the competition if they meet the eligibility requirements as stated in the Official Rules.
  • Teams and/or Businesses: Teams and businesses can participate in the competition as a “Contestant” if they meet the eligibility requirements as stated in the Official Rules.
  • Green card (not U.S. citizen): Foreign citizens may only participate as a team member through an eligible U.S. entity or team. Foreign citizens are ineligible for receiving the prize awards.
  • Federal employees: Federal employees can apply as independent citizens but not within the context of their employment.
  • SBIR recipients: If you are a current SBIR recipient, you may not use any government funding toward competing in the challenge.
  • Current PSCR grantees: Current PSCR grantees are not eligible to participate in this challenge.
  • Past PSCR grantees: Past PSCR grantees are eligible to participate.
  • Current/Past PSCR challenge participants: Past or current PSCR challenge participants are eligible to participate.
Do I have to participate in the first phase to participate in a later phase?

All contestants must participate and be invited to advance through each phase in order to participate in the final evaluation phase and compete for prize awards.

What is a FIDO2 service provider and what is their role in this challenge?

FIDO2 service provider(s) participate in the FIDO Alliance. The alliance describes itself as an open-industry association with a focused mission: authentication standards to help reduce the world’s over-reliance on passwords. The FIDO2 service provider(s) will provide contestants with the tools and services they need to validate successful implementation of the FIDO2 authentication standard. All contestants will be provided access to authenticate against the FIDO2 service providers’ servers, access to log files and other troubleshooting information. At the start of Phase 3, invited contestants will attend a webinar and/or session with the FIDO2 service provider(s) participating in this Challenge. During this session, they will describe more about their role, FIDO Alliance, FIDO2 specifications and how solvers can utilize their services to test and validate FIDO2 authentication.

What happens to my intellectual property?

Please review the submission rights as part of the Official Rules. Contestants will retain all intellectual property rights. Contestants are granting PSCR the right to publicize the contestants’ name and participation. As PSCR will retain the final prototypes, contestants are also granting PSCR a “demonstration license” for additional research purposes.