Dogtown Media CEO Presenting NATO Defense Innovation Challenge Winning Solution at NITEC18 in Berlin, Germany

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The mobile solution created by Dogtown Media communicates with a wearable device to improve soldier safety during training exercises and live combat scenarios. The solution was selected as a winner of NATO’s Defense Innovation Challenge. Marc Fischer, the firm’s CEO, will accept the award and present the solution to a delegation of NATO leaders at the NITEC Conference in Berlin.

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Mobile technology studio Dogtown Media was chosen as a winner of the Defense Innovation Challenge, a competition held by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency.

Open to academic institutions as well as small and medium enterprises from all 29 NATO Nations, the competition was created to foster innovation that can solve some of the toughest technological problems facing NATO today.

As stated on the official website, the competition is “aimed at accelerating transformational, state-of-the-art technology solutions from small businesses and academia in support of NATO C4ISR and cyber capabilities.”

This year’s competition focused on digital innovation, spanning fields such as the Internet of Things (IoT), data analysis, autonomous sensors, and natural language processing. Dogtown Media was selected as a winner of the “Mobile Apps for Defense Users” category for their innovative wearable solution; it has the potential to improve soldier safety and well-being in the battlefield.

The wearable incorporates IoT, mobile technology, and encryption to provide soldiers with a way to deploy a distress beacon during dire times. Allies will be notified to send out assistance, which could be the difference between life and death. The signal is encrypted so that no other party is made aware of the wearable user’s location.

Apart from real battle scenarios, the wearable can also be employed in training sessions. It will be outfitted with sensors and scheduling mechanisms to not only keep in contact with the wearer, but also monitor various health variables, such as hydration. A prototype of the device has been constructed, and there is still room to include other technologies and equipment for additional features to be implemented.

Awards for the Defense Innovation Challenge will be distributed at NITEC18, the annual flagship tech summit held by the NCI Agency. Held in Berlin, Germany, from May 22nd to May 24th, the event will host over 600 political, security, military, and tech innovators. The theme of this year’s NITEC is “NATO’s Digital Endeavour: Expanding the Ecosystem.”

Kevin Scheid, the General Manager of the NCI Agency, believes that the dialogue opened between these thought leaders is just as important as the innovation itself: “We are seeking to broaden engagement with innovative technology drivers as NATO undergoes its largest technological modernization in decades.”

Marc Fischer, Dogtown Media’s Co-Founder and CEO, will be in attendance to accept the company’s award and present the unique wearable prototype it has created. Recently, Fischer was also invited to Washington, D.C. to discuss the future of technology with political leaders during the AppCon 18 conference.

About Dogtown Media
Based in Los Angeles, Dogtown Media leverages dynamic design and disruptive development to deliver innovative app solutions. The company was included on Inc. Magazine’s exclusive 500 List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies. To date, the mobile technology studio has created over 100 mobile apps spanning industries including artificial intelligence, the IoT, and healthcare.

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