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Rapid Deployment Sensor System

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OUSD (R&E) CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Trusted AI and Autonomy; Integrated Sensing and Cyber

 

The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), 22 CFR Parts 120-130, which controls the export and import of defense-related material and services, including export of sensitive technical data, or the Export Administration Regulation (EAR), 15 CFR Parts 730-774, which controls dual use items. Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals (FNs), their country(ies) of origin, the type of visa or work permit possessed, and the statement of work (SOW) tasks intended for accomplishment by the FN(s) in accordance with the Announcement. Offerors are advised foreign nationals proposed to perform on this topic may be restricted due to the technical data under US Export Control Laws.

 

OBJECTIVE: The objective of this project is to develop mobile sensors that can be deployed to remote and rough terrain using robotic dogs or unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The sensors should be designed to withstand harsh environmental conditions and provide reliable and accurate data in real-time. The use of robotic dogs or UAS would enable efficient and safe deployment of the sensors to remote or difficult-to-reach locations. The sensors should be lightweight and compact, enabling easy transport and deployment by the robotic dogs or UAS. The goal is to enhance surveillance and monitoring capabilities in challenging environments where traditional methods of deployment are not feasible or safe.

 

DESCRIPTION: The system must be capable of overcoming the limitations of traditional data collection methods that are often hindered by hazardous conditions or difficult terrain, thereby minimizing the risks and increasing efficiency. The mobile sensor system has the potential to revolutionize data collection by providing a reliable solution that can access locations that were previously inaccessible, enabling critical insights into environmental conditions and security threats. The system must consist of lightweight and compact sensors that can be easily transported and deployed by robotic dogs or unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The sensors must be designed to withstand harsh environmental conditions, ensuring reliable data collection in challenging environments. The system must also integrate with navigation and positioning technology to ensure accurate data collection. The sensors must be able to collect data in real-time and transmit it wirelessly to a central location for analysis. The development of a custom robotic dog or UAS platform is crucial for the successful implementation of the mobile sensor system. The platform must be designed to be lightweight, compact, and durable, enabling it to navigate rugged terrain and harsh environmental conditions with ease. The robotic dog or UAS platform must be capable of transporting and deploying the sensors in difficult terrain, thereby reaching previously inaccessible locations. A robust wireless communication system is necessary for transmitting data from the sensors to a central location in real-time. This system must ensure that the data collected is transmitted quickly and reliably, providing real-time insights into environmental conditions and security threats. The system must also be secure and resilient, ensuring that data is protected from unauthorized access or interference. Data analysis software must be developed to process, analyze, and visualize the data collected by the sensor system. This software must provide critical insights into environmental conditions and security threats, enabling informed decision-making. The software must be designed to be user-friendly, allowing non-experts to easily interpret the data collected.

 

PHASE I: As this is a Direct-to-Phase-II (D2P2) topic, no Phase I awards will be made as a result of this topic. To qualify for this D2P2 topic, the Government expects the Offeror to demonstrate feasibility by means of a prior “Phase I-type” effort that does not constitute work undertaken as part of a prior SBIR/STTR funding agreement.  Offerors are expected to provide a white paper containing the following information:  1. A detailed technical design of the mobile sensor system.  2. A detailed technical explanation of the data analysis software that will be incorporated into the sensor system.  3. An explanation of how the sensors will be deployed and retrieved by either UAS or Robotic Dogs or both.

 

PHASE II: Develop and test a suite of capabilities to address any issues or limitations identified in the previous phases.  The development plan for this phase involves identifying potential areas for improvement based on feedback from previous testing and evaluation. This includes addressing any issues or limitations in the current system and exploring new capabilities that could enhance the system's effectiveness and versatility. Once potential areas for improvement have been identified, the development team will create a plan to design and test the new capabilities. The team will conduct rigorous testing and evaluation to ensure the safety, effectiveness, and compatibility of the new capabilities with the existing system. Throughout the development and testing process, the team will collaborate with security forces personnel to ensure that the new capabilities meet their needs and can be effectively integrated into existing operational procedures. Ongoing training and education for security forces will also be necessary to use the new capabilities effectively. Once the new capabilities have been successfully tested and integrated into the system, the team will conduct a final round of testing and evaluation to ensure that the system is functioning at its full potential.

 

PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: The third phase of this project will focus on the identification and implementation of dual-use applications for the mobile sensor system. Dual-use applications refer to the adaptation of military technology for civilian use. This phase will involve conducting research and development to identify additional features or improvements that could enhance the system's effectiveness and versatility for both military and civilian applications. Ongoing testing and evaluation will ensure the safety and effectiveness of the system for both applications. This phase will also involve ongoing training and education for both military and civilian users to ensure the effective use of the system. The goal is to maximize the potential of the mobile sensor system beyond military applications and leverage its capabilities to benefit civilian industries such as environmental monitoring, disaster response, and infrastructure inspections.

 

REFERENCES:

  1. AFI 11-202V3;
  2. AFI 13-1;
  3. AFI 14-202;
  4. AFI 31-101;

 

KEYWORDS: Wireless communication; Robotic dogs; Unmanned aerial systems; Rough terrain; Mobile sensors; Data collection; Real-time analysis; Environmental monitoring; Security surveillance; Logistical challenges.

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