High Bandwidth, Low Profile: Next Generation Point-to-Point Communication Solutions for the Field

Competitive Projects

Up to $1.2M in phased development funding to propel technology forward

The Challenge

The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces (DND/CAF) are seeking extremely wideband multi-functional vehicle- or soldier-based antenna or communication solutions for point-to-point field communications that minimize or eliminate associated visual and/or Electromagnetic (EM) signatures.

What IDEaS Provides

Funding of up to $200,000 will be provided for innovative solutions to help advance this defence challenge over a performance period of up to 6 months. There is a potential opportunity for further funding of up to $1 million for a performance period of up to a year should the solution be found successful and promising by DND/CAF.

What Innovators Bring

Solutions that demonstrate capabilities such as, but not limited to antenna or communication solutions with smaller, reconfigured, or reconfigurable footprints for both vehicle and dismounted communication systems; multi-functional antenna or communication solutions that enable use across multiple channels and directions concurrently; and tools for standardized voice and data amalgamation between various antenna and radio systems.


Challenge

The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces (DND/CAF) are seeking extremely wideband multi-functional vehicle- or soldier-based antenna or communication solutions for point-to-point field communications that minimize or eliminate associated visual and/or Electromagnetic (EM) signatures.

Background and Context

The CAF must operate dispersed over wide areas and retain the ability to aggregate quickly when necessary. For example, the CAF must be able to disperse for: major combat operations, stability operations to provide security over a wide area, and humanitarian and disaster relief operations to assist multiple separated population centres. A limiting factor in this ability to operate dispersed over distance and terrain is communication distance which is in turn constrained by current antenna design, operational range, bandwidth and the number of potential communication nodes.

In addition to communication limits constraining CAF operating range, current antennas present challenges to camouflage and concealment, both visual and EM, in operational environments. To support operations the Canadian Army has access to a large range of the radio frequency spectrum. Current antenna solutions either have long range and low bandwidth or short range and high bandwidth, but not both concurrently. To make full operational use of the available radio frequency spectrum the CAF must use multiple radio communication suites and their associated antennas. These multiple antennas are visible to adversaries, take up needed vehicle surface area when installed concurrently, and enable capability profiling of vehicles. Additionally, current antenna solutions can cause challenges with regards to spectrum access, EM interference between like-systems, and for longer antennas specifically, are required to be tied-down in urban areas to prevent damage which impacts the ability to communicate at range.

Finally, sensor platforms of the future will require higher data transfer rates over longer ranges using lower power transmitters and receivers, putting further strain on current communication systems.

Essential Outcomes

DND/CAF is looking for innovative research, design concepts, technologies and systems.

Proposed solutions must:

  • Provide mobile vehicle- or soldier-based communication solutions that enable secure point-to-point communication for both data and voice that minimise or eliminate the visual and/or EM signatures.

Desired Outcomes

Proposed solutions should include capabilities such as, but not limited to, the following:

  • Antenna or communication solutions with smaller, reconfigured, or reconfigurable footprints for both vehicle and dismounted communication systems;
  • Multi-functional antenna or communication solutions that enable use across multiple channels and directions concurrently; and
  • Tools for standardized voice and data amalgamation between various antenna and radio systems.

Eligibility

This Call for Proposals (CFP) is open to individuals, academia, not-for-profit organizations, provincial/territorial or municipal government organizations, and all industry.

Solution Readiness Level: The current SRL of the proposed solution must be within 1 and 6 (inclusive).

How to Apply

Step 1: Click “Apply Now” and you will be directed to SAP Ariba, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)’s online procurement platform.

Step 2: Potential bidders must register an SAP Ariba account in order to view the Call for Proposals (CFP) and Challenge events, and submit a proposal.

Step 3: Log into SAP Ariba, and review the CFP event and Challenge event details and their associated attachments. All information related to the Program, Proposal Submission, Evaluation Procedures, Basis of Selection, Evaluation Criteria, Resulting Contract Clauses and Certifications and Additional Information are contained in the CFP event and its attachments.

Step 4: Proposals must be submitted only by Electronic Procurement Solution ("SAP Ariba") by the date, time and place indicated in the individual Challenge events. Links to open Challenge events can be found in Part 1.1 of the solicitation. Each Challenge event has its individual submission form. Proposals must be submitted directly to the appropriate Challenge event.

All CFP-related enquiries must be submitted through the Event Messages tab of the CFP event on SAP Ariba.

Deadline

The Challenge is set to close on October 5, 2021. Please refer to the Challenge event in SAP Ariba for the exact closing date and time.

All CFP and Challenge related enquiries must be submitted through the “Event Messages” tab of the CFP event on SAP Ariba. Responses provided by Canada can be accessed by bidders through the Event Messages tab. Enquiries must be submitted no later than 10 calendar days before the Challenge event closing date. Enquiries received after that time may not be answered.

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