Airbus app challenge begins in Belgium

Monday, 27 August, 2018

Airbus app challenge begins in Belgium

The Critical App Challenge has launched in Belgium, allowing developers to create innovative digital solutions for public safety.

Regional developers and start-ups will establish solutions for Airbus’s secure device, Tactilon Dabat — an Android smartphone and TETRA radio in one. The aim is to help police, firefighters and other professionals improve their work.

The Critical App Challenge’s concept is based on the idea of hackathons — software pioneers, user interface designers and business managers work together intensively in a limited amount of time towards building proofs of concept for innovative digital solutions.

Start-up companies and app creators from Belgium can enroll for the online challenge at An expert jury will then select the five best participants who can show the most promising and feasible results at the end of September. The winners will subsequently be invited to the ASTRID User Days 2018 in Brussels from 3–4 October. It is the most important mission-critical communication technologies event in Belgium.

“We are looking for path-breaking ideas for our Tactilon Dabat. This Critical App Challenge in Belgium is a unique incentive for inventive minds. Contributors profit from getting special access to mission-critical markets,” said Rahim Zaknoun, Head of Innovation and Developer Ecosystem at Secure Land Communication of Airbus.

Airbus sets up next-generation secure communication platforms where the Tactilon Dabat plays a pivotal role in gathering and processing intelligence for professionals. The device received the International Critical Communications Award 2018 in the category ‘Best evolution to future broadband’ and meets all the security standards for narrow- or broadband networks. Device users can take advantage of special mobile public safety apps that are available through Airbus.

Application developers who are generally interested in cooperating with Airbus in the field of mission- or business-critical communication can register for the SmarTWISP program on the Secure Land Communications website. They will find a starter kit which helps make new mission-critical applications. Once approved for a free membership, subscribers can access guidelines, tools and the application programming interface (API). Furthermore, members benefit from special training, tools and reward schemes.

Image courtesy of Airbus.

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