Network Technologies, ASA(ALT), Direct to Phase II

Software Defined Radio Head

Release Date: 05/14/2024
Solicitation: 24.4
Open Date: 05/29/2024
Topic Number: A244-028
Application Due Date: 07/02/2024
Duration: Up to 12 months
Close Date: 07/02/2024
Amount Up To: $2 million

Objective

The small business must develop a radio-agnostic Software Radio Head System that can rapidly adapt a radio carrier frequency among diverse targeted frequency bands via analog and/or digital frequency conversion. The frequency translation of the original signal into a broad range of non-standard bands will help provide additional flexibility to mission commanders’ Primary, Alternate, Contingency and Emergency communication plans. The potential solution will leverage the foundational knowledge of Software Defined Radio Heads and mature them to support a single antenna design, multiple radios and waveforms.

Description 

The SDRH must be a flexible antenna prototype that can support multiple frequencies and radio modules. As part of the solicitation, the SDRH will complement the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance’s Electronic Warfare Modular Open Suite of Standard’s objective for agnostic hardware.

Phase I

The U.S. Army Small Business Innovation Research Program will only accept Direct to Phase II proposals for potential contracts worth up to $2 million for a 12-month performance period. Vendors interested in submitting a DP2 proposal must provide documentation to substantiate that the technology’s scientific, technical merit and feasibility are equivalent to a Phase I project. The documentation can include data, reports, specific measurements and the success criteria of a prototype.

Phase II

During Phase II, the vendor will develop a prototype SDRH for the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command C5ISR Center for direct evaluation and testing. At the Phase II effort’s end, the vendor must also deliver the associated software to operate the SDRH prototype to C5ISR. Businesses must provide a technical data package with the associated manuals to operate the prototypes.

Phase III

  • SDRH, and tangential opportunities, have a myriad of future-looking dual use applications that could disrupt industries ranging from Internet of Things, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Smart Cities. ​
  • From the defense perspective, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to foster artificial intelligence-enabled radios, which will augment the efficacy of SDRH applications. ​
  • Potential dual use cases for SDRHs include:​
    • IoT and IoT-like concepts such as Smart Homes, Smart Cities and Smart Factories.
    • Unmanned Aircraft Systems and the travel industry. ​
    • Supply chain tracking and contested logistics support (in EW and comms-denied environments).
    • Space operations​.
    • Mobile communications, including cellphones.

Submission Information

All eligible businesses must submit proposals by noon, ET.

To view the full solicitation details, click here.

For more information, and to submit your full proposal package, visit the DSIP Portal.

Applied SBIR Help Desk: usarmy.pentagon.hqda-asa-alt.mbx.army-applied-sbir-program@army.mil

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References:

  • Benham, S. P., et al. “Software Defined Antenna | IEEE Conference Publication | IEEE Xplore.” IEEE Xplore, IEEE, 11 Dec. 2009, ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/5352499.
  • Walton, E., et al. CITESEERX, citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/document?repid=rep1&type=pdf&doi=9a4862467e5ec405aee4b8afb57ca947ad40ced1. Accessed 16 Jan. 2024.
  • Chisum, Professor, and David Connelly. “Software-Defined Antennas with Phase-Change Materials.” ND Wireless Institute, University of Notre Dame, wireless.nd.edu/research/software-defined-antennas-with-phase-change-materials/. Accessed 16 Jan. 2024.
  • Y. Fan, D. Xiao, X. Mei, C. Liu, X. Yan and C. Hu, “A Software-Defined Intelligent Method for Antenna Design,” 2014 IEEE 12th International Conference on Dependable, Autonomic and Secure Computing, Dalian, China, 2014, pp. 470-474, doi: 10.1109/DASC.2014.90. 
  • KEYWORDS: Software Defined Radio Head, Software Defined Antenna, C5ISR Modular Open Suite of Standards (CMOSS), Command Control Communications Computer Cyber Intelligent Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR), U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) 

Objective

The small business must develop a radio-agnostic Software Radio Head System that can rapidly adapt a radio carrier frequency among diverse targeted frequency bands via analog and/or digital frequency conversion. The frequency translation of the original signal into a broad range of non-standard bands will help provide additional flexibility to mission commanders’ Primary, Alternate, Contingency and Emergency communication plans. The potential solution will leverage the foundational knowledge of Software Defined Radio Heads and mature them to support a single antenna design, multiple radios and waveforms.

Description 

The SDRH must be a flexible antenna prototype that can support multiple frequencies and radio modules. As part of the solicitation, the SDRH will complement the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance’s Electronic Warfare Modular Open Suite of Standard’s objective for agnostic hardware.

Phase I

The U.S. Army Small Business Innovation Research Program will only accept Direct to Phase II proposals for potential contracts worth up to $2 million for a 12-month performance period. Vendors interested in submitting a DP2 proposal must provide documentation to substantiate that the technology’s scientific, technical merit and feasibility are equivalent to a Phase I project. The documentation can include data, reports, specific measurements and the success criteria of a prototype.

Phase II

During Phase II, the vendor will develop a prototype SDRH for the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command C5ISR Center for direct evaluation and testing. At the Phase II effort’s end, the vendor must also deliver the associated software to operate the SDRH prototype to C5ISR. Businesses must provide a technical data package with the associated manuals to operate the prototypes.

Phase III

  • SDRH, and tangential opportunities, have a myriad of future-looking dual use applications that could disrupt industries ranging from Internet of Things, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Smart Cities. ​
  • From the defense perspective, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to foster artificial intelligence-enabled radios, which will augment the efficacy of SDRH applications. ​
  • Potential dual use cases for SDRHs include:​
    • IoT and IoT-like concepts such as Smart Homes, Smart Cities and Smart Factories.
    • Unmanned Aircraft Systems and the travel industry. ​
    • Supply chain tracking and contested logistics support (in EW and comms-denied environments).
    • Space operations​.
    • Mobile communications, including cellphones.

Submission Information

All eligible businesses must submit proposals by noon, ET.

To view the full solicitation details, click here.

For more information, and to submit your full proposal package, visit the DSIP Portal.

Applied SBIR Help Desk: usarmy.pentagon.hqda-asa-alt.mbx.army-applied-sbir-program@army.mil

References:

  • Benham, S. P., et al. “Software Defined Antenna | IEEE Conference Publication | IEEE Xplore.” IEEE Xplore, IEEE, 11 Dec. 2009, ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/5352499.
  • Walton, E., et al. CITESEERX, citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/document?repid=rep1&type=pdf&doi=9a4862467e5ec405aee4b8afb57ca947ad40ced1. Accessed 16 Jan. 2024.
  • Chisum, Professor, and David Connelly. “Software-Defined Antennas with Phase-Change Materials.” ND Wireless Institute, University of Notre Dame, wireless.nd.edu/research/software-defined-antennas-with-phase-change-materials/. Accessed 16 Jan. 2024.
  • Y. Fan, D. Xiao, X. Mei, C. Liu, X. Yan and C. Hu, “A Software-Defined Intelligent Method for Antenna Design,” 2014 IEEE 12th International Conference on Dependable, Autonomic and Secure Computing, Dalian, China, 2014, pp. 470-474, doi: 10.1109/DASC.2014.90. 
  • KEYWORDS: Software Defined Radio Head, Software Defined Antenna, C5ISR Modular Open Suite of Standards (CMOSS), Command Control Communications Computer Cyber Intelligent Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR), U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) 

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