NGA releases geolocation RFI

On November 18, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) posted a request for information about geolocation estimates and emitter metadata. Responses are due by 9:00 a.m. Central on December 3.

NGA in support of the Analysis Directorate is seeking information on how an interested contractor could provide global datasets that identify, characterize, and locate Radio Frequency (RF) emitters to include AIS, EPIRB, Iridium, LBand Telecom, UHF, VHF, and X-Band Marine Radar. The detection, identification, characterization and geolocation of emitters are required to enrich our analysis in a dynamic, scalable manner. NGA would benefit from a dataset of this scale and scope, delivered to our analysts and analytic managers in a scalable manner, as a service.

The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to gain information on commercial capabilities that meet this requirement, identify sources, and understand methodologies that would be used to meet this requirement. NGA also seeks to understand the drivers of cost for this requirement, and expected cost on a per-observation basis, per KM2 basis (area), or to understand alternate cost structures. This RFI seeks to gain information on the technical feasibility, methodology, and cost of acquiring commercially produced data sets processed on commercial, unclassified infrastructure, and delivered to NGA’s unclassified and classified domains.

NGA has an immediate need to discover and monitor emitters of RF energy worldwide, and seeks information on existing capabilities that deliver this data. NGA requires the capability to find and research vessels of interest or other mobile emitters and their historic tracks. In addition, NGA requires the capability to monitor fixed sites related to illicit activity, such as weapon and narcotics trafficking and sanctions violations. These unclassified data sets, produced outside of NGA and independent of NGA-provided data, are expected to augment NGA’s capability to find, describe, and monitor places and things. NGA requests information on the ability of commercial vendors to independently produce unique data providing geolocation estimates and emitter metadata.

Full information is available here.

Source: SAM