Airbus Honors Developers, Plans App Challenge in 2018
Monday, December 11, 2017 | Comments

Airbus Defence and Spaced honored developers of public-safety applications for the Long Term Evolution (LTE)-TETRA device Tactilon Dabat. The German IT companies ESG, secunet and Stashcat received the Tactilon Dabat award for innovative solutions toward helping police officers and rescue services perform their tasks more efficiently.

The recognition event took place during PMRExpo 2017 in Cologne, Germany, and highlighted future incentives for app developers who register for the Airbus developer program SmarTWISP and the Critical App Challenge 2 – 4 February, 2018.

“While moving towards the next-generation communications solutions for public safety we need creative partners,” said Catalin Gheorghiu, product business manager for the app developer program SmarTWISP of secure land communications at Airbus. “The Tactilon Dabat, an all-in-one TETRA radio and Android smartphone device, is the perfect reference point to use to develop applications with multiple benefits for both users and app developers.”

Application developers can register for the program on the Airbus website and find a kit that helps with making new mission-critical applications. Once approved for a free membership, developers can access guidelines, tools and the application programming interface (API). Developers receive special training, tools and reward schemes, especially when applications sell well.

Upon approval, the application developers and solution providers will be equipped with Tactilon Dabat devices. They will also be able to purchase SmarTWISP credits that will give them the possibility to have their solution tested and certified by Airbus.

The first Airbus Critical App Challenge in February is a collaborative event with a limited amount of time to invent new smartphone applications for public-safety users, such as police and rescue personnel. Hackathons are based on the idea that people from diverse fields of competences collaborate intensively to create a proof of concept of their ideas.

Airbus experts are evaluating the best proposals in the framework of the SmarTWISP app developer program, and in mid-January, will announce the participants for the Critical App Challenge. Airbus will announce the results during the Critical Communications World in Berlin in May.

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