CRANE, Ind. – Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) uses Strategic and Spectrum Missions Advanced Resilient Trusted Systems (S2MARTS) Other Transaction Authority (OTA) to quickly test and prototype critical autonomous detection technology for the Navy.
OTAs are legally binding instruments that may be used to engage industry and academia for a broad range of research and prototyping activities. The S2MARTS OTA is a rapid contracting vehicle for flexible acquisition in several critical technology areas including trusted microelectronics, strategic missions, and spectrum missions.
Dr. Julie Doerge, the Sensor Qualification Laboratory Lead at NSWC Crane, says there was a need for new surveillance technology designed to detect a variety of evolving threats at shorelines to ensure the security of U.S. naval ports.
“We needed to make improvements to existing opto-acoustic sensor technology,” says Dr. Doerge. “The Navy needed surveillance technology that was covert and autonomous that could detect threats quickly and keep Sailors and Marines safe.”
Brooke Pyne, the Director of S2MARTS, says the new sensor detection technology, called the Autonomous Fiber Optic Sensor Network (A-FOSN) Prototype Project, provides unique solutions to the Navy.
“The A-FOSN Prototype Project provides intrusion detection and security capabilities to warfighters on Navy installations,” says Pyne. “Potential threats could be people or unmanned systems on land or underwater. This solution can detect these various potential threats in real-time and across diverse terrain. The automated technology relays information to the operator about the potential intruding force rapidly.”
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