State Dept releases ISR processing RFI
On November 28, the U.S. Department of State issued a request for information on Improving ISR and Information Processing for INL Mexico (191NLE18N0003). Responses are due by 12:00 p.m. Eastern on December 11.
The objective of this RFI is to find companies that can provide equipment intended to further Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities, and information processing of the Mexican government. Specifically, INL is exploring the purchase of the following three technologies:
- VIDAR (Visual Detection and Ranging) on-board aircraft processor camera for wide-area maritime search
- Low-cost snap-on pods that can be mounted to single or multi-engine aircraft. These pods should feature an IMS-3500 camera (or equivalent) to create a simple yet powerful aerial photography system at a minimum, and INL would like to understand what other capabilities can be hosted on the pods.
- A VIRS (Video Indexing and Recording System) unalterable video management software that helps compile and manage all data collected onboard aircraft equipment with VIDAR or snap-on camera pods
The scope of this project is to enhance Mexico’s ISR and information processing capabilities in the fight against Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs). To that effect, INL Mexico is exploring the purchase of hightech camera technology to turn small, single or multi engine aircraft into sophisticated yet low-cost ISR platforms. Such platforms include various camera capabilities and a processing system that can collect and manage data recorded by the cameras. Combined, this technology must provide improved ISR capabilities, maritime interdiction support, and strategic operational advantages in the fight against Mexican TCOs. Furthermore, information gathered by such an unalterable data collection and management systems must be able to support prosecutions and convictions of criminals in Mexico’s accusatory justice system. The three systems INL Mexico is exploring include VIDAR, snap-on camera pods, and VIRS. INL Mexico is also interested in exploring similar systems if they meet or exceed the below requirements. These systems must also be Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) compliant and ready for operational use within two months after procurement.
Full information is available here.