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Canine Mounted Track and Transmit Device


OBJECTIVE: Demonstrate canine carried low profile GPS with stabilized integrated camera, to real-time track, record and transmit canine’s path of movement.

DESCRIPTION: Develop a tracking device that will attach to a canine for the purpose of documenting the movements of the canine for court/evidence purposes or verification of area(s) that have or have not been searched by a canine during deployments (i.e., wooded areas, water deployment reference cadaver canines, search and rescue operations, large crowd deployments for PB-IED K9 operations to verify whether a canine has swept an area or not, etc.). Such a device should be able to relay information to both the handler of the canine via a wrist or forearm mounted remote monitor and a command coordination center which would allow supporting teams to track the location of the canine teams for both safety and situational awareness.
The described tracking device would need to be able to deploy in all types of weather conditions (heat, cold, wet, dry, etc.) and be able to take direct impact strikes from objects to include but not limited to obstacles a canine might encounter during deployments and suspects during criminal apprehension. The mounting of such devices should be streamlined to the canine and avoid the possibility of being entangled around certain types of obstacles during actual deployments (i.e., tree branches, shrubs, fencing, furniture, etc.). The construction of such device needs to be of a low profile configuration that is a requirement for both the safety of the canine and handler who may have to be exposed while freeing the canine from becoming entangled. The proposed device should be affixed to a mounting device (collar, harness, etc.) that could be easily and quickly attached to the canine prior to being deployed (sometimes seconds can make a difference in the apprehension of a fleeing felon so the ease of utilizing this device is a must). The information/location from such tracking device would also need to be archived and producible for court purposes.
The device should be able to record the location of evidence or other important factors observed during the deployment of canines (i.e., clothing, weapons, change in direction, origination points, end points, etc.). Law enforcement canines deploy for various reasons that consist of the apprehension of fleeing persons, lost or medically ill persons, the recovery of evidence, the detection of contraband, crowd control, search and rescue operations, recovery of persons fatally injured, etc. Having a device that would track and record information during such deployment would be instrumental in the accuracy/proficiency of such operation. Data output requires date, time and location stamping at 1 sample/second and be capable of up to 8 hours of person borne recording media and 4 hours for canine borne storage data. Video data requires up to 30 minutes of storage allowing for overwriting of data over 30 minutes. All video output must be capable of being transferred to permanent storage. Geospatial location of 20 feet for outdoors and 10 feet for indoors are required. All outputs must match commercial quality standards. Offerors are encouraged to consider all devices already on the COTS market for potential integration and applicability in meeting the requirements described above.

PHASE I: Deliverable will be a design analysis that identifies the key component technologies used in the design, the integration approach, application to the mission areas identified, and design approach to achieve real-time stabilized streaming video to both handler and remote command center. The design analysis should also detail the technical feasibility of integration of additional sensory inputs including, but not limited to, canine physiological measurements, accelerometers, audio inputs and environmental conditions.

PHASE II: Develop and deliver five complete functioning prototypes for Government test and evaluation, with at least one spare component replace module for each piece of the key technologies, i.e., tracking and recording devices. Prototypes to be sufficiently ruggedized to operate in typical conditions of canine law enforcement deployment with a streamlined deployment profile that does not increase safety risk to either the canine or handler. In addition, the Offeror shall produce a complete developmental test and evaluation report depicting the results of a prototype assessment in simulated (or actual) operational conditions.

PHASE III: COMMERCIAL OR GOVERNMENT APPLICATIONS: Deployment of a fully functional canine tracking device has diverse application throughout the Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE). Major DHS components including the Transportation Security Administration, Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Secret Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Protective Service all maintain canine teams that are employed for diverse mission areas from narcotics and explosives detection, urban and rural search and rescue and traditional law enforcement patrol. There are over 16,000 non-Federal canine teams nationwide under the HSE umbrella that could have operational use of an effective tracking device. This device could be commercialized for use within the federal, state and local canine communities with a potential for use in the recreational canine community with some modification.

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