Army releases SBIR 21.4 BAA
On March 31, the U.S. Army released Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program broad agency announcement (BAA) 21.4.
Research methodologies, frameworks, and processes to ingest, process, and correlate object detections and tracks from multiple imaging sensors including but not limited to ground, aerial, and overhead imagery and video. Outputs from the proposed study and eventual system will enable improved accuracy and confidence of detections as well as location across the ever-increasing number of sensors employed by Army Force Protection Systems (FPS).
Army Force Protection Systems (FPS) currently employs ground-based video sensors for situational awareness around bases; however, there exist multiple other forms of video and imagery-based systems that can provide additional situational awareness and intelligence to operators and commanders. With these additional data sources comes the possibility for improved accuracy of detections, tracks, and geolocation of objects of interest. This SBIR is intended to study (Phase I) how current detections are used, how to add additional data sources, and analytic products and produce a software prototype (Phase II) to improve correlation across the data sources identified in Phase I.
The end-state of the proposed research is a system that can improve upon the current baseline of sensor systems and analytic products used by FPS to improve upon the understanding of operators using deployed systems. During Phase III, the software prototype is desired to be matured to run in real time on multiple data sources (greater than two) and integrated with FPS programs.
Proposals must be completely submitted no later than 12:00 p.m. ET, May 18, 2021. Proposals submitted after 12:00 p.m. will not be evaluated. The final proposal submission includes successful completion of all firm level forms, all required volumes, and electronic corporate official certification.
The Topic Q&A for this BAA opens on April 1, 2021 and closes to new questions on May 4, 2021 at 12:00 PM ET.
Full information is available here.