iCode takes second place in StartUps Ventura County 2018 Challenge

Startups Ventura County (SVC) Announces 2018 Winners

CAMARILLO, Calif. (PRWEB) April 27, 2018

Camarillo Chamber of Commerce, the hosting organization of Startups Ventura County (SVC), formerly known as Startup Weekend Ventura County (SWVC), announces today that SVC 2018 startup competition held on April 20th through 22nd has awarded $20,000 in cash to Food Origins and $5,000 in cash to iCode. Both startups also have each received $5,000 in in-kind awards consisting of professional services and are given the right to use SVC’s cowork space located at Camarillo Airport for free for a period of one year. 

“A total of 24 startups applied to compete in SVC 2018,” says Gary Cushing, CEO of Camarillo Chamber of Commerce. “A committee appointed by our CEO Judge Panel selected 16 teams to participate in our two and a half day event. Five teams made it to the final round on Sunday afternoon. They are Aztec Vision Systems, Level Eight Technology, Food Origins, iCode and Rooi Digital. Each team was given 25 minutes, including Q&A, to present their startup idea to a panel of 14 CEO/COOs from Ventura County. After a long deliberation, the panel selected Food Origin as the winner and iCode as the runner-up."

“Startup Ventura County has evolved into a powerful event attracting talented teams well on their way to commercializing a viable product,” comments Chris Meissner, Chair of SVC’s CEO Judge Panel. “Selecting the top 5 teams for the final round was difficult for the judges, but selecting the top two teams was exponentially more difficult. After an hour of deliberation, the 13 judges selected the winners but the process of weighing each team was exhausting. Each team had characteristics that made them contenders and all of the judges expressed a hunger to know the continuing story as the teams continue to mature. After the many hours we spent with them, it was clear to me that all of the judges have become emotionally vested and hope each team succeeds.”

“The competition provided fun and excitement but our mission was much more than that,” adds Martin Shum, organizer of SVC. “Once a year, we asked CEOs and senior executives of significant local companies as well as successful entrepreneurs to come together to mentor and advice entrepreneurs. We believe gaining access to decision makers, domain experts, industry veterans and entrepreneurs who have been there and done that are the ultimate value SVC provides to its participants."


Mapbox used to distribute Thomas Fire Perimeter updates to the world

Open data for Thomas and Ventura fires  Sharing imagery to track and respond to fires

Open data for Thomas and Ventura fires

Sharing imagery to track and respond to fires

By: Camilla Mahon

As wildfires rip through Ventura, California we’re partnering with DigitalGlobe to share imagery and critical data through their Open Data Program. DigitalGlobe is publicly releasing their satellite imagery for Ventura and surrounding communities and will expand coverage based on the fire’s reach.

DG has worked with us to use this imagery to update our fire tracking map, a tool we shared during the Northern California wildfires earlier this year. The map includes address search and zoom features that allow you to check specific areas in or near the fire zones, and it includes the latest fire perimeters provided by first responders on the ground.  As we saw in the NorCal fires, this imagery can be crucial in coordinating responses as well as providing much needed information to those forced to evacuate.

iCode's First Response eXplorer (FRX) mobile application leverages content processed via Mapbox Studio and rendered via the Mapbox Engine.  Process once, deploy everywhere!   

First Response eXplorer (FRX) is emerging soon

It really shouldn’t matter what jurisdiction an EMS, Fire Fighter or Law Enforcement Officer reports to. They all should be able to access and share a common situational awareness picture wherever they go. This ability may even be more important to the 69% of all firefighters residing across our nation who are volunteers, and as such don’t have access to fixed-mounted display systems in their privately-owned vehicles. With the advent of smartphones and tablets they soon will be able to download the FRX app, securely login and begin to visualize, interact act with, and explore options based on updated content arriving in near real-time. 

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Here is a recent screenshot of our First Response eXplorer (FRX) mobile app complete with multiple fire perimeter overlays portraying the fires we have burning around us here in SoCal.

FRX increases a first responder’s ability to assess the situation long before they arrive on scene, directly impacting their first actions when they do arrive. FRX is currently in the Alpha Testing phase, and we are targeting a March 2018 release in the FirstNet App Store. Between now and then, our hopes and prayers are with those who choose to protect us all. They deserve the very best capabilities mankind can provide, and we aim to deliver that capability in the weeks and months ahead.

Achieving the True Promise of Next Generation 9-1-1

Achieving the True Promise of Next Generation 9-1-1

9-1-1 is part of America’s critical infrastructure, but it profoundly lags behind in technology. Public safety communications professionals across the country deserve to have the best tools available to protect and save lives.  Next Generation 9-1-1 promises to deliver many benefits, including putting 9-1-1 on par with technology used in the commercial sector, which for today means seamlessly exchanging texts, photos, videos, multimedia, and other data.  What will it take to finally make good on this promise and achieve fully deployed NG 9-1-1 service throughout the United States?

iCode selected for the next round of XPrize Big Ocean Button Challenge

iCode selected for the next round of XPrize Big Ocean Button Challenge

We received the news this afternoon that our Big Ocean eXplorer (BOX) mobile application was accepted to move on to the next round on the XPrize Big Ocean Button Challenge. 

Early Mock-Ups of our Big Ocean eXplorer (BOX) mobile application, submitted for the first round of the XPrize Big Ocean Button Challenge

Early Mock-Ups of our Big Ocean eXplorer (BOX) mobile application, submitted for the first round of the XPrize Big Ocean Button Challenge

There were 80 submissions competing in the first round, of which 45 submissions were selected for eligibility for the second round of competition.  The next phase of the competition requires a working version of our BOX mobile application submitted by 31 August.  15 submissions out of the 45 remaining ones will move on to the final evaluation phase following the voting period in September. 

The teams responsible for the 15 selected mobile applications will be given the chance to submit upgraded/revised versions of the apps (they submitted in August) in support of the final evaluation event, where $100,000 in prize money will be awarded.

There is still a lot of work to be completed, but we wanted to thank everyone for their support up to this point.  Together we are finding innovative ways to empower those who protect our Oceans and our Planet, and that's a really very cool thing to dedicate some of our time and resources too. 

Click on the large round blue icon below to watch the XPrize Ocean Initiative / Big Ocean Button Challenge video, or navigate to our https://www.icodesolutions.us/bigoceanbuttonchallenge page to follow the latest updates on our submission.     


Ya-kai Chou developed the Octalysis Framework, which is used assessing and applying different motivation factors that you might (or might not) apply to a Gamified solution.  Ya-kai presents an abbreviated introduction to the 8 Core Drivers detailed in the Octalysis Tool (see http://www.yukaichou.com/octalysis-tool/ for an interactive version). 

iCode is applying the Octalysis Framework to analyze various Gamified solutions for potential customers.

Calling 911

HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - 911

HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - 911

On the May 15th recording of the HBO Series Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, John highlighted the current limitations to the 9-1-1 infrastructure and the challenges 9-1-1 call takers and dispatchers must overcome due to the drastic increase in mobile 9-1-1 calls.  John Oliver rightly pointed out how Americans across the country trust 9-1-1 and rely on 9-1-1 call takers in their worst moments.  While there are over 6,400 9-1-1 Call Centers in the US many are not able to respond to the onslaught of calls they can receive when anything more than a minor crisis occurs.  Moreover, with over 70% of all 9-1-1 calls originating from cellular phones the utility of legacy location services (tied to the physical location of landline phones) the need for wireless location solutions is needed. 

To help address this issue, internet-technology is being leveraged to create Next Generation 911 (NG9-1-1) capability that can accept more than voice calls from yesteryear's Public Switch Telephone Network (PSTN) / Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) callers, adding the ability to request assistance via text and video – eventually from any internet-connected device.  NG9-1-1 also provides 9-1-1 with a platform that can quickly grow to match the needs of the community, share emergency services between communities, and even send all calls to a different 9-1-1 call center in the event of an outage or large-scale disaster. All of these are difficult or impossible to do with today’s 9-1-1 network.  NG9-1-1 also provides a way to send data “alongside” a 9-1-1 call. For example, imagine placing a call for 9-1-1, and having your name, frequented addresses, pre-existing medical conditions, and emergency contacts instantly available to 9-1-1 and First Responders.  Imagine placing a call from a large university campus, a shopping mall, or a corporate facility knowing that First Responders know exactly where to go to gain access to the building, and are able to reference floor plans to know exactly where to find you.  While NG9-1-1 provides a way to send such data, it does not provide tools to collect, store, validate, and manage this complex data. NG9-1-1 is also an emerging technology. It has taken a nearly a decade to develop the standards and get a small fraction of the nation’s 9-1-1 call centers on line. Yet even in these areas, you cannot send video or data alongside an emergency call with the NG9-1-1 network in place – more work remains.

Enhanced 9-1-1 (E911) is a solution designed to provide both caller location and identification.  Instead of merely using the billing address for a wireless subscriber - a location that may not remotely represent where the wireless device resides in the here and now, an alternate method is needed, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has outlined several requirements which wireless network operators must support.  This includes requirements to identify the cell tower used by 9-1-1 callers (Phase 1 of the program), and now the location (Lat/Lon) of the caller within 300 yards (Phase 2 of the program).  Carriers were allowed to choose to implement 'handset based' location by Global Positioning System (GPS) or similar technology in each phone, or 'network based' location by means of triangulation between cell towers.

Technologies such as the Smart911 software offered by Rave Mobile Safety acts as a bridge between NG9-1-1 and the E9-1-1 implementations, providing information (managed in a national database) on millions of individuals, and thousands of education, business, healthcare, and government facilities.  The goal is to provide the right information at the right time, directly impacting the outcome of an emergency, and peoples lives.   

iCode receives our second US Trademark - 5,048,361

iCode received its second US Trademark (27 Sept 2016).  This particular trademark captures the Mobile and Unmanned Solutions product lines iCode is bringing to market.  We want to thank all of those involved in supporting our initial journey, and we look forward to our roll out of innovative solutions for the First Responder community in the not too distant future.   

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iCode receives US Trademark - 5,015,723

iCode receives US Trademark - 5,015,723

iCode received its first US Trademark Today (9 Aug 2016).  This particular trademark captures our company logo in the font style that we use in all of our product branding campaigns.  Stay tuned, we have two more US Trademarks pending approval!

We updated our Website!

We updated our Website!

iCode posted a major update to our company website today.  Let us know what you think.