Proximity Warning Unit (PWU) Prototype

On June 25, 2020, in accordance with 10 U.S. Code § 2371b, the Army Contracting Command – Orlando has awarded an Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) via the Training and Readiness Accelerator (TReX) for the Proximity Warning Unit (PWU) Prototype Project.

A Request for Solutions (RFS) for this effort was issued through TReX on January 6, 2020, which resulted in the submittal of 5 total responses. Following evaluation, one vendor was for Statement of Work (SOW) collaboration. The award of the PWU prototype project is Burns Technologies, LLC located in Orlando, FL. The total value of this prototype project is $318,405 for all phases of this effort.

The Army requires a prototype system that provides real time alerts, both audible and visual, to operators during digging operations when in close proximity to fiber optic cable to prevent unintentional damage to network infrastructure at the National Training Center (NTC) based on the GPS location of the fiber optic cable. The purpose of the PWU is to provide a series of alerts and warnings to operators in digging operations to prevent unintentional damage to the FON and critical infrastructure during digging operations.  This effort will determine if industry can develop an integrated solution for a Proximity Warning Unit (PWU) that provides the capability to warn operators of excavation and digging equipment of the proximity to fiber optic cable to prevent damage.

Upon successful completion of this prototype effort, the Government anticipates that a follow-on production effort may be awarded via either contract or transaction, without the use of competitive procedures if the participants in this transaction successfully complete the prototype project as awarded. At a minimum the following RFS requirements will be validated via demonstration, testing, or analysis:

  • The prototype PWU device shall integrate with both commercial and military equipment platforms used in digging operations.
  • The prototype PWU device shall provide effective alerts in both day and night operations.
  • The prototype PWU device shall provide effective alerts based on proximity to fiber optic cable.
  • The prototype PWU device shall provide a user interface to configure alert thresholds.
  • The prototype PWU device shall provide a user interface to update the fiber optic cable location database as new fiber is installed.
  • The prototype PWU device shall provide a user interface provide ability to detect and diagnose faults within the prototype system for maintenance actions.
  • The initial alert is called the “Proximity Alert” and as a vehicle approaches the fiber optic cable from a far distance, is the first indication that the vehicle is nearing a fiber installed location.
  • The second alert is called the “Critical Alert” and provides a warning that the vehicle is within a critical proximity.
  • The alert types and distance threshold values are set as default values along with being configurable based on the application.
  • A user interface provides the ability to modify the database that incorporates the surveyed GPS location of the FON and critical infrastructure.
  • As new fiber is installed or new critical infrastructure installed, the user interface provides the ability to update the installed database used for proximity detection.
  • The user interface provides a diagnostic capability to determine operational status along with any maintenance actions.
  • The PWU device shall provide a stand-alone capability to make changes to the software, configuration settings and updates to the fiber location data.
  • The PWU shall be able to withstand the harsh NTC environment, and work in High (120 degrees F) and Low (20 degrees F) temperatures.
  • The PWU shall be able to withstand the harsh NTC environment and withstand the dust and water conditions to meet IP64 or better.

Note: Should the selected vendors fail to demonstrate progress or be unsuccessful in the accomplishment of the goals of this prototyping effort, the Government reserves the right to return to the results of this competition and award additional Other Transaction Agreements to one or more of the vendors that responded to the initial Request for Solutions, as appropriate within the scope and evaluated results of the competition.

This notice is also posted on beta.sam.gov:  https://beta.sam.gov/opp/164d62d708b44ae1a1331f4ae3060181/view?keywords=W900KK-20-9-0005&sort=-relevance&index=&is_active=true&page=1