Radical Systems Wins Motorola’s Hackathon in Australia
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 | Comments

Radical Systems won the 2017 Motorola Solutions public-safety hackathon in Australia. The Darwin-based business systems developer won the 48-hour challenge with a solution designed to capture vital data for emergency services while maintaining the integrity of highly secure and covert communications.

The solution is designed to provide better connectivity and communications for public-safety organizations, enabling improved decision-making and response to major events such as bushfires. The application would also enable system users to capture vital data on their devices when they are not connected to the network.

Radical Systems incorporated Motorola Solutions’ convergence suite of software in its solution design, enabling radio network access to be securely extended to users of smartphones and other devices. Through the competition, The Northern Territory technology developer received A$30,000 (US$24,200) in prizes, including A$15,000 (US$12,100) in cash and credits with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to further develop its solution in the cloud.

Second place went to a combined team from Mastercom and Battlerz, which were awarded a combined A$10,000 (US$8,000) in cash and AWS credits. Other competing developers included DiUS, Motorola Solutions, Gridstone and a team of New South Wales university students studying engineering.

The hackathon was supported by public-safety agencies including New South Wales (NSW) Telco Authority, NSW State Emergency Service and NSW Rural Fire Service. Agencies provided challenge statements based on real operational problems faced by their frontline personnel every day. Applying the principles of agile development, application developers worked to resolve the challenge statements by developing smart applications in a pressure-cooker environment.

“This experience taught us a lot about what emergency services personnel face in their daily work,” said Iain Buchanan, senior developer with Radical Systems. “This really stretched our thinking in terms of solutions design and forced us to consider how technology could be applied to improve safety and productivity within their environments.”

All intellectual property developed during the hackathon belongs to the competing developers, giving them the flexibility to complete their applications either on their own or with support from Motorola Solutions.

“This win will stimulate further growth for business, and we plan to expand our solution — possibly by incorporating video streaming and image sharing — to create an even more valuable product for our customers,” said Adam Whitehead, Radical Systems’ technology director.

Motorola Solutions Vice President of Cloud Infrastructure Tom Guthrie said his company would continue to invest in hackathons and the growing number of services available within the cloud to deliver innovation to emergency services and enterprise organizations.
Planning for Motorola Solutions’ next hackathon in Melbourne in mid-2018 is underway.

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