DOD SBIR 24.4 Annual

Active
Yes
Status
Open
Release Date
October 3rd, 2023
Open Date
October 3rd, 2023
Due Date(s)
March 31st, 2025
Close Date
March 31st, 2025
Topic No.
A244-023

Topic

Low Cost Persistent Multi Sensor Surveillance

Agency

Department of DefenseN/A

Program

Type: SBIRPhase: BOTHYear: 2024

Summary

The Department of Defense (DOD) is seeking proposals for the topic of "Low Cost Persistent Multi Sensor Surveillance" as part of their SBIR program. The objective of this topic is to develop environmentally hardened sensor nodes that can persistently monitor Radio Frequency (RF), weather conditions, and/or personnel access of remote islands leased on the Kwajalein Atoll for the U.S. Army's Reagan Test Site (RTS). The solutions should be independent of external power sources or communications networks, as there are no cellular or Wi-Fi communications, nor power source, in these areas. The solutions must also be capable of operating in harsh environmental conditions, including heat, humidity, regular rainfall, salt spray, and high atmospheric salinity. The data collected by these sensor nodes will be used for situational awareness, safety, security, and mission planning and support. The solicitation is open for both full or partial solutions, and Phase I proposals with a cost of up to $250,000 for a 6-month period of performance are being accepted. Phase I will involve researching and developing the system/network architecture, designing the hardware components, and proposing power source designs and networking techniques. By the end of Phase I, the awardee should have detailed descriptions of the proposed technologies. In Phase II, the awardee will produce a single prototype that demonstrates the capabilities and methodologies at a minimum of TRL4. They will also develop a user interface and display for situational awareness of sensor control and monitoring. The potential applications of this technology include wireless remote sensing for public safety, health, fitness, and wildlife dual-usages. Some examples of dual uses of remote sensing include anti-poaching efforts, remote environmental sensors enabled by low-Earth orbit satellites, wildfire early recognition sensor systems, agriculture and crop performance monitoring, and urban pollution source detection. For more information and to submit proposals, interested parties can visit the DOD SBIR program website. The solicitation is currently open, and the application due date is March 31, 2025. References: - https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0927775722021823 - https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877050914009831 - http://www.ijpe-online.com/EN/10.23940/ijpe.09.5.p419.mag Keywords: sensors, nodes, Radio Frequency (RF), Reagan Test Site (RTS)

Description

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

 

OBJECTIVE: The topic objective is to develop environmentally hardened sensor nodes that persistently monitor Radio Frequency (RF), weather conditions, and/or personnel access of remote islands leased on the Kwajalein Atoll for the U.S. Army's Reagan Test Site (RTS).

 

DESCRIPTION: RTS is a premier launch facility based upon its strategic geographical location, unique instrumentation, and unsurpassed capability to support missile testing and space operations. This topic seeks to develop solutions that will provide environmentally hardened sensor nodes that persistently monitor RF frequencies, weather conditions, and/or personnel access of remote islands leased on the Kwajalein Atoll. These solutions must be independent of any external power sources or communications networks, as there are no cellular or Wi-Fi communications, nor power source, in these areas of concern. These solutions must also operate in environmentally harsh conditions, with persistent exposure to heat, humidity, regular rainfall, salt spray, and high atmospheric salinity resulting in atmospheric erosion, pitting, crevice filiform, galvanic, environmental, and fretting corrosion. Solutions must be capable of streaming data to an RTS Mission Control Center and used for situational awareness, safety, security, and situational mission planning and support. The Government is open to both/either full or partial solutions for this requirement.

 

PHASE I: This topic is only accepting Phase I proposals for a cost up to $250,000 for a 6-month period of performance.

 

Research and develop the system/network architecture for the communications network and the design consisting of all hardware components to monitor RF, weather, and/or personnel tracking. Under Phase I, the awardee will research and document the trade-space for environmental hardening techniques for the sensor nodes, propose power source designs and present analysis of environmental impacts for each design, propose solutions for multiple networking techniques/capabilities and recommendation for the best suitable solution for the environment and application. By the end of phase I, the awardee will have studies/designs with complete detailed description of the proposed technologies, documenting the benefits and deficiencies of each.

 

PHASE II: During Phase II, the awardee will produce a single prototype that demonstrates the capabilities and methodologies at a minimum of TRL4, for all proposed monitoring capabilities, environmental hardening methodologies, power source design and the sensor node to distributed network communications capability based on a design developed in the Phase I effort. Provide functional/risk burn down demonstrations of the application. Develop user interface and display for situational awareness of sensor control and monitoring.

 

PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS:  

Wireless remote sensing have seen increased commercial and USG demand with public safety, health, fitness, and wildlife dual-usages. ​
The majority of current remote sensors leverage optical and infrared cameras to track their intended targets as well as GPS capabilities to ensure location accuracy.​
Of note, nascent offerings have focused on imbuing on-platform computer vision AI to remote sensors to conserve battery life by not transmitting false positives. ​
Potential dual uses of remote sensing, especially in 5G/Wi-Fi disabled areas, include:​



Anti-poaching efforts for “big-game” hunters of endangered species
Remote environmental sensors that are enabled by low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites
Wildfire early recognition sensor systems
Agriculture and crop performance 
Urban pollution source detection

REFERENCES:  

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0927775722021823
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877050914009831
http://www.ijpe-online.com/EN/10.23940/ijpe.09.5.p419.mag

 

KEYWORDS: sensors; nodes; Radio Frequency (RF); Reagan Test Site (RTS);

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