First R2 Project Resources and Tools Expected to Launch in 2021
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The first resources and tools from a public-private grant partnership are expected to be released in 2021.

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) and the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) funded the R2 Network with a $1 million grant to create a platform for bringing together stakeholders to push innovation for first responders. The partners in the project are RapidSOS, Responder Corp, Orleans Parish Communication District and the Western Fire Chiefs Association. The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is a subject matter expert (SME) advisor to the project.

The project will consist of three components:
• R2 Learn: Educational resources for stakeholders
• R2 Portal: An online portal for collaboration between stakeholders
• R2 Connect: A series of virtual and in-person events to allow stakeholders to share their experiences and learn

The partners in the project have been working hard to build out the tools and resources for the R2 Network and expect to start launching pieces in 2021, said Karlin Younger, investment lead for FirstNet Authority.

The group has already launched a beta version of the R2 Portal, and companies interested in the portal can begin building out their profiles on the portal so that when it officially launches, there will be resources already available, Younger said.

The first R2 Learn and R2 Connect resources and events will be launched throughout 2021. The R2 Connect events will initially be virtual but that could change if the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, and it becomes safe to meet in person again.

The events and resources will be free and open to all members of the public-safety community. Find more information on the R2 Network here. Would you like to comment on this story? Find our comments system below.

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