DOD SBIR 24.2 Annual

Active
No
Status
Open
Release Date
April 17th, 2024
Open Date
May 15th, 2024
Due Date(s)
June 12th, 2024
Close Date
June 12th, 2024
Topic No.
DLA242-008

Topic

Pallet Level Tracking for End-to-End Total Asset Visibility

Agency

Department of DefenseN/A

Program

Type: SBIRPhase: BOTHYear: 2024

Summary

The Department of Defense (DOD) is seeking proposals for a research topic titled "Pallet Level Tracking for End-to-End Total Asset Visibility". The topic is under the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) branch. The objective is to develop a shipment agnostic approach for a pallet level tracking device that is cost-effective, scalable, mobile, and reusable. The device should be able to geolocate independently without any pre-association from infrastructure or parent devices. The DLA aims to increase trans-shipment pallet cargo tracking capability from the contiguous United States (CONUS) to outside the contiguous United States (OCONUS). The project duration and cost for Phase I should not exceed 12 months and $100,000, while Phase II should not exceed 24 months and $1,000,000. Phase I focuses on conducting preliminary studies and proposing design and manufacturing details, while Phase II aims to produce a cost-effective scalable pallet level tracking device. Phase III proposals will be accepted after the completion of Phase I and/or Phase II projects. The vendor is expected to pursue commercialization of the developed device. Relevant keywords include Pallet Level Tracking Device, Trans-Shipment Pallet Cargo Tracking, and Autonomous Geolocation.

Description

OUSD (R&E) CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): 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: Develop a shipment agnostic approach for a pallet level tracking device in a cost-effective scalable solution that is mobile and reusable with the capability to geolocate independently without any pre-association from any infrastructure or parent device.

 

DESCRIPTION: The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is looking to increase trans-shipment pallet cargo tracking capability from contiguous United States (CONUS) to outside contiguous United States (OCONUS).  Containerized shipment loads in-transit are frequently transloaded at distribution locations where the palletized cargo is unloaded and redistributed into new containers for continued transit to end locations.  DLA is looking to execute a Small Business Innovation Research project attempting to analyze a way forward in the establishment of a tracking capability at the pallet level, that maintains location as it continues to its end destination even when the pallet is separated from its original container and reloaded multiple times to various containers.

 

TRL 3.  (Analytical and Experimental Critical Function and/or Characteristic Proof of Concept)

TRL 6.  (System/Subsystem Model or Prototype Demonstration in a Relevant Environment)

 

PROJECT DURATION and COST: Proposals exceeding these limits will not be evaluated.

PHASE I: Not to exceed a duration of 12 months and cost of $100,000. (Firm Fixed Price)

PHASE II: Not to exceed a duration of 24 months and cost of $1,000,000.  (Firm Fixed Price/Level Of Effort)

 

PHASE I: The research and development goals of Phase I are to provide eligible Small Business firms the opportunity to successfully demonstrate the viability of a pallet level tracking device once the project is awarded.  The main effort will be to conduct preliminary studies to propose details of design and manufacture of pallet level tracking solutions, showing feasibility and benefit to the Department of Defense (DoD).  A plan to demonstrate the manufacture of pallet level tracking device must also address implementation approaches for near term insertion into DoD.  Relationships with potential customers such as the DLA Troop Support Class IV Construction and Equipment Major Subordinate Command will be included in the Phase I effort to aid in component identification, guide design efforts, and support the impact and insertion analyses. The deliverables for this project will include a final report describing the results from these analyses.

 

PHASE II: Based on the results of PHASE I, the research and development goals of PHASE II will demonstrate commercial viability by successfully producing a cost-effective scalable pallet level tracking device.  Tasks to be accomplished include material design and formulation, development of wire drawing schedules to manage manufacturing processes, and meet the specifications and standards, provided by the industrial base.  Sufficient validation trials will be conducted to support analyses of manufacturing at commercial scale, including cost, cycle time and commercial benefit of the innovation.  Remaining technical gaps will be identified. Innovative processes should be developed with the intent to readily transition to production in support of DoD needs.  A partnership with a current or potential DoD supplier, Original Equipment Manufacturer, or other suitable partners is highly desirable.

 

PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: Phase III is any proposal that derives from, extends or completes a transition from a Phase I or II project.  Phase III proposals will be accepted after the completion of Phase I and or Phase II projects.

   

There is no specific funding associated with Phase III, except Phase III is not allowed to use SBIR/STTR coded funding.  Any other type of funding is allowed.

 

Phase III proposal Submission.  Phase III proposals are emailed directly to DLA SBIR2@dla.mil.  The PMO team will set up evaluations and coordinate the funding and contracting actions depending on the outcome of the evaluations.  A Phase III proposal should follow the same format as Phase II for the content and format.  There are, however, no limitations to the amount of funding requested, or the period of performance.  All other guidelines apply. 

 

Transition Plan

  1. Period of Performance:  TBD

  2. Budget: $ TBD

 

This Phase of the project should include:

  1. Delivery of a production level product to J68 ready for integration into the overall DLA Enterprise system.

  2. Develop a sustainment plan to support the delivered system for the lifetime of the program.

 

COMMERCIALIZATION:  The vendor will pursue commercialization of cost-effective scalable pallet level tracking device developed in prior phases, as well as potential commercial sales of any parts or other items.

 

REFERENCES:

Defense Acquisition Innovation Repository: Pallet Management System: A Study of the Implementation of UID/RFID Technology for Tracking Shipping Materials Within the Department of Defense Distribution Network (nps.edu)  https://www.dair.nps.edu/handle/123456789/2385
Applied Sciences | Free Full-Text | Design of a Distributed Wireless Sensor Platform for Monitoring and Real-Time Communication of the Environmental Variables during the Supply Chain of Perishable Commodities (mdpi.com)  https://www.mdpi.com/2076-3417/11/13/6183

 

KEYWORDS: Pallet Level Tracking Device, Trans-Shipment Pallet Cargo Tracking, Autonomous Geolocation