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Tactical Sensor Open Standards Integration


TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Human Systems, Information Systems, Sensors

OBJECTIVE: The objective of this topic is to develop open standards integration between sensors providing battlespace awareness at the tactical, operational, and strategic level. Special Operations Forces utilizing tactical mobile devices in denied, degraded, intermittent and limited bandwidth communications environments have access to a number of sensor feeds that lack an open standard interface to synthesize information. Processing and exploitation of sensor data requires vertical integration with other platforms for near-real-time situational awareness between tactical and operational echelons.Open standards will also enable greater horizontal data sharing between SOF Operators, SOF Mission Planners, and partner nations across a limited bandwidth environment.The capability is intended for bi-directional integration with operational level Tactical Operation Centers and for SOF operating at the tactical level in austere environments to expand situational awareness and inform decisions required for execution of operations.

DESCRIPTION: USSOCOM is exploring options that provide SOF Operators with a fused tactical common operational picture (COP) for exercising mission command.The capability to stream open standard “Tactical COP” data from a range of applications on handheld devices such as the Tactical Assault Kit and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s Mobile Awareness GEOINT Environment to operational command systems will extend the reach of those devices as handheld sensors and for mission execution across the battle space.Open standard streaming data will enable vertical integration of the tactical COP into current and future operational level mission command and execution platforms.The tactical open standard will provide a data format for integration of synthetic data during mission rehearsal and exercise engagements and future 3D, virtual, and augmented reality capabilities.Operating system key features shall include but not limited to the following:1. Systems architecture must be able to process georeferenced imagery from both commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and U.S. DoD group classified one (1) and two (2) UAS. 2. Render current tactical handheld geospatial data and reporting in open standard format(s). 3. Assess the feasibility of combining open standard data across SOF Operator and partner nation forces to expand real-time situational awareness over a larger and joint operational footprint. 4. Assess the feasibility of enhancing the open standard tactical COP with 3D Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. 5. As part of this feasibility study, the offeror shall address all viable overall system design options with respective specifications.Key Military applications: Execution of Tactical Operations, Mission Planning, Tactical System Integration, Mission Command, Sensor Integration Planning/Action Mission and Command:1. Create Common Situational Understanding, Mission Command On-The-Move, Enable Unified Action Partner Collaboration 2. Unify Tactical and Operational Common Operational Picture 3. Create, Communicate, and Rehearse Orders during Exercises 4. Operational Adaptability and Decision-Making

PHASE I: Conduct a feasibility study to assess what is in the art of the possible that satisfies the requirements specified in the above paragraph entitled “Description.”To stimulate advances in technology and innovation, solutions including reusable code should be considered as well as re-use of open source code and integrations with fielded SOF systems utilizing existing open standards.The objective of this USSOCOM Phase I SBIR effort is to conduct and document the results of a thorough feasibility study to investigate what is in the art of the possible within the given trade space that will satisfy a needed technology.The feasibility study should investigate all known options that meet or exceed the minimum performance parameters specified in this write up.It should also address the risks and potential payoffs of the innovative technology options that are investigated and recommend the option that best achieves the objective of this technology pursuit.The funds obligated on the resulting Phase I SBIR contracts are to be used for the sole purpose of conducting a thorough feasibility study using scientific experiments and laboratory studies as necessary.Operational prototypes will not be developed with USSOCOM SBIR funds during Phase I feasibility studies.Operational prototypes developed with other than SBIR funds that are provided at the end of Phase I feasibility studies will not be considered in deciding what firm(s) will be selected for Phase II.

PHASE II: Develop, install, and demonstrate a prototype system determined to be the most feasible solution during the Phase I feasibility study. Incorporate user input received during quarterly hands on assessments and evaluations in operationally realistic environments.

PHASE III: This system could be used in a broad range of military applications where geospatial tactical data will support mission command at the operational level for near-real-time situational awareness between tactical and operational echelons.SOF and general purpose forces will use a wider range of deployed assets to collect and exploit tactical data to plan operations, conduct rehearsals, and remotely coordinate actions on the objective with organizations that are not collocated with the ground tactical commander.This capability could also be adopted by first responders, federal law enforcement (Secret Service), and for organizations that require a need to conduct planning and a “walk through” of a specific area prior to execution of a task.

KEYWORDS: Tactical Sensor, Austere Environment, Virtualized Data, Human Machine Interface, Non-traditional ISR, Integrated Sensor Architecture, Georeferenced Imagery


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