Worth a Thousand Sources: A fused Picture for Continental Surveillance

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

The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces (DND/CAF) are seeking innovative solutions to support the compilation of a consistent common operational picture in constrained environments through the efficient exchange and processing of data and information originating from multiple distributed sources. 

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 the ability to select their key features (i.e., architecture topology, data/information exchange logics, and processing algorithms) based on the context of operations and the constraints it imposes and the ability to adapt their key features to the nature and quality of the sources involved.


Challenge

The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces (DND/CAF) are seeking innovative solutions to support the compilation of a consistent common operational picture in constrained environments through the efficient exchange and processing of data and information originating from multiple distributed sources.

Background and Context

The number, distribution, and heterogeneity of the data sources required for continental surveillance and defence significantly increase the complexity of the Command & Control (C2) architectures and the underlying data and information processing. Historically, this processing has mostly been done manually; but the task has grown difficult, if not impossible, due to the increased volume and variability of data and the shrinking of the processing time available imposed by the constantly evolving operational environment. Furthermore, C2 systems for continental defence tend to be distributed over large areas, with limited and changing connectivity. In such constrained environments, the data and information exchange and processing can be severely impeded. Therefore, design decisions must be made about the nature and level of the processing to be performed locally (at the edge on-board the individual nodes under computational constraints) versus globally (at the central node, if any, under communication constraints). These decisions are directly influenced by the topology of the processing architecture and the nature and the amount of data and information that can be shared within the network and impact the optimality of the resulting compiled picture. Under such circumstances, the best to aim for is a consistent common operational picture, i.e., a picture that is free of conflicts and over-confidence.

Essential Outcomes

DND/CAF is looking for innovative technological solutions (i.e., architectures and algorithms) to support operators in charge of continental defence.

The proposed solutions must:

  • Offer a set of network topologies (e.g., centralized, decentralized, hybrid) and provide a mechanism for the selection of the network topology based on the context and the constraints it imposes;
  • Provide a set of data exchange logics that control the nature and amount of the data and information to be exchanged among the nodes, and provide a means to switch between the logics based on the selected network topology and the communication constraints;
  • Implement a set of algorithms to process (e.g., fuse, learn from, reason on) large volumes of data and information and provide a mechanism for the selection of the processing algorithms based on the selected topology. The algorithms must result in a consistent common operational picture considering the number, distribution, and heterogeneity of the data and information sources and processing nodes, as well as the computational and communication constraints; and
  • Show the potential for scalability if demonstrated using a small number of sources and processing nodes and/or a limited amount of data.

Solutions must show potential for other domains and must be relevant to continental defence, e.g., tracks, flight plans.

Desired Outcomes

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

  • The ability to select their key features (i.e., architecture topology, data/information exchange logics, and processing algorithms) based on the context of operations and the constraints it imposes.
  • The ability to adapt their key features to the nature and quality of the sources involved.

The solutions should be limited to the picture compilation task, i.e., the Tracking and ID phases of the Joint Engagement Sequence (JES). Solutions can also be demonstrated using data from a single domain (i.e., air, land, sea, cyber, space or information).

Supplemental Information

The focus of this Challenge is on technological solutions, i.e., architectures and algorithms, with human factors considerations being out of the scope.

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 attachment. 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.

Disclaimer

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