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Toolbox MX Enabler Suite


OUSD (R&E) CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Integrated Network Systems-of-Systems OBJECTIVE: Develop secure add-on kit that use hardened/rugged user interface devices that are attached to toolbox or outside structure and has a secure link to a Government procured computer or virtual machine providing user access to AFNET services, AF enterprise applications, and MX data systems without exposing a computer to the elements/hazardous environments to eliminate the delay of updating applicable databases/system at the end of shift due to limited/no access to computers at the point of maintenance. DESCRIPTION: An add-on user interface (UI) kit comprised of (at a minimum) a keyboard, trackpad/mouse/cursor, monitor, and CAC reader (or other AFIFNET PKI authentication capability) which connects to a remote located Government purchased QEB computer/virtual machine (VM) to provide an internet connected mobile/static work station capability. Must be environmentally sealed/intrinsically safe (Class1 Div 2) to operate both indoors and outdoors and able to withstand ambient temperatures from -20F to 120F. It should operate via AC power using 110-240v while maintaining the ability to be powered via a battery system. The battery system must be capable of sustained operation for 8-10 hours before requiring a recharge. The battery recharging system must be dual voltage (AC 110-240v) Additionally, must include an induction pad capable of supplying constant power and internet connectivity to the tool box wirelessly. The induction pad shall also withstand ambient temperatures from -20F to 120F. The kit must meet requirements to obtain a HERO certification with max "Safe Separation Distance" of 10 ft for UNSAFE from the AF safety center. Provide flexible mounting capabilities for attaching to roll-around toolboxes or building walls. The delivered kit must have all of the required capabilities and technologies listed above while maintaining the ability to be operated on AFNET. Such equipment and technology may be of use to various FAA certified maintenance organizations to meet similar tool accountability maintenance documentation requirements. PHASE I: Complete a feasibility study that should, at a minimum, complete the following using the topic objective and description; 1. Clearly identify who the prime (and additional) potential AF end user(s) is and articulate how they would use your solution(s) (i.e., the one who is most likely to be an early adopter, first user, and initial transition partner). 2. Identify current technology capable of meeting the topic objective that follows all NDAA, DISA, DoD, and Air Force policies, rules, regulations, and laws. 3. Determine compatibility of various technology needed to satisfy the requirements in the topic objective. Develop solutions for non-compatible technologies to meet the topic description. 4. Determine if the technology is compatible with required current/emerging Air Force/Commercial assets/systems used within the topic objective/description. 5. Determine the necessary requirements for any technologies deemed incompatible with each other and current/emerging Air Force assets. 6. Identify if an ATO is required and the necessary stakeholders to ensure implementation across the Air Force. 7. Deeply explore the problem or benefit area(s), which are to be addressed by the solution(s) - specifically focusing on how this solution will impact the end user of the solution. 8. Define clear objectives and measurable key results for a potential trial of the proposed solution with the identified Air Force end user(s). 8. Describe how the solution will need to be implemented across the Air Force. 10. Determine cost of installation, upkeep, and upgrade for the identified technology. 11. Provide a rated scale of feasibility on the identified technology based upon the first five items in this list. 12. Describe technology related development that is required to successfully field the solution. The funds obligated on the resulting Phase I awards are to be used for the sole purpose of conducting a thorough feasibility study using mathematical models, scientific experiments, laboratory studies, commercial research and interviews. PHASE II: Develop, integrate, install, test, and demonstrate a prototype system determined to be the most feasible solution during the Phase I feasibility study. This demonstration should focus specifically on; 1. Evaluating the proposed solution against the objectives and measurable key results as defined in the Phase I feasibility study. 2. Implement countermeasures for issues and identify the necessary evolution of the prototype to foster its eventual transition into a working commercial/warfighter solution. 3. Describing in detail how the solution can be scaled to be adopted widely (i.e. how can it be modified for scale). The solution should detail a rapid deployment and sustainment plan based upon lessons learned from the prototype capable of installing the technology at other Air force installations broken down by continent (i.e. separate plans for bases in Europe, CONUS, the Pacific, etc.). 4. Develop a clear transition path for the proposed solution that takes into account input from all affected stakeholders including but not limited to: end users, engineering, sustainment, contracting, finance, legal, and cyber security. 5. Specific details about how the solution can integrate with other current and potential future solutions. 6. How the solution can be sustainable (i.e. supportability). 7. Clearly identify other specific DoD or governmental customers who want to use the solution. 8. Capabilities/issues identified but not address in previous phase can be resolved, added or remove as needed PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: The Primary goal of STTR is Phase III. The contractor will pursue commercialization of the various technologies developed in Phase II for transitioning expanded mission capability to a broad range of potential government and civilian users and alternate mission applications. Direct access with end users and government customers will be provided with opportunities to receive Phase III awards for providing the government additional research & development, or direct procurement of products and services developed in coordination with the program. Additionally, fully operational capability requires seamless integration onto the Air Force Information Networks (AFIN) for network transport and Air Forces Network (AFNET) for software utilization. The system will utilize these networks for software application usage (both for on premises and remote access), security practices and procedures, and data transport requirements. Prior to inclusion on Air Force Installation Base Enclaves, all hardware components must comply with DoD Unified Capabilities Requirements (UCR), and be listed on the Department of Defense Information Network (DoDIN) Approved Products List (APL). All software components must adhere to UCR and be certified per the Air Force Evaluated Products List (EPL). In the event components are not currently authorized, authorization will be completed with support of government sponsorship prior to capability delivery to enable immediate operational usage. Request solution use current common criteria certified components when/where possible. Capabilities/issues identified but not address in previous phase can be resolved, added or remove as needed REFERENCES: 1. DAFMAN 17-1301; 2. AFI 21-101 KEYWORDS: Smart Toolbox; Mobil Maintenance Work Station; Tool Box Add-on; Aircraft Maintenance
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