Army posts “sense through the wall” RFI

On January 29, the U.S. Army posted a request for information (RFI) for a Sense Through the Wall (STTW) System. Responses are due by 4:00 p.m. Eastern on March 11.

The purpose of this RFI is for the Government to gain information on cutting-edge commercial technologies leading to Government/Industry partnering to accelerate the development of state-of-the-art technologies that will enable the Warfighter to be more effective, efficient, and lethal.

The U.S. Army Contracting Command-Research Triangle Park (ACC-RTP) is seeking sources on behalf of the Combat Capability Development Command (CCDC) Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD) to develop a Sense Through the Wall (STTW) Systemfor the Special Products and Prototyping Division (SPPD) Quick Response Branch (QRB).  This program is in partnership with the US Army’s Special Operations Forces (ARSOF).

The intent of this Market Survey is to identify potential man-portable systems that give the Soldier the ability to detect, identify, and monitor persons, animals, and materials behind multi-leveled obstruction(s) from a long standoff range. The sensor system will also be able to map the structure and detect hidden rooms, passages, alcoves, caches, etc. including those underground.

Specifically, QRB and ARSOF seek a system that will be able to track, locate, isolate, range, and count personnel and animals in a building or structure. This includes rapidly discriminating between friend and foe, classification of activities such as sitting, standing, walking, or lying down, and Positive Identification of personnel (PID) via biometric data.

Further, the STTW System will be able to detect hidden passages and rooms inside of a structure and will support Sensitive Site Exploitation (SSE) to determine hidden sections and areas that can be used as cache locations. The system will also need to operate in subterranean conditions and to detect and map hidden underground rooms and tunnels. QRB and ARSOF require the system to be mobile enough to conduct 360 degree structural assessments and to be able to use that data to create a 3D map of the building. STTW will also be able to interface with other signals and sensors to create a multi-modal analysis of the structure.

Finally, the system must be able to detect and classify various materials and objects in the structure. This will include items common in building clearing operations: tripwires, IED’s and explosives, weapons and ammunition, and other traps. STTW will also be able to classify and characterize the material(s) of the barriers, walls, infrastructures, etc. that it is sensing through.

All of the actions discussed in the previous three paragraphs will need to be able to be performed with standoff and potentially through dense foliage. All of the data will need to be displayed on a wireless tablet using avatars/icons or Cursor on Target (CoT) to make sense of the sensor data. The proposed STTW solution must be at or above Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6.

Full information is available here.

Source: SAM