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    Temporary Security/Surveillance Without Using Infrastructure

    by John McQuiddy 05/18/2018 10:16 AM EDT

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      Executive Summary: Explain your overall concept in 500 characters or less.

      New technologies for sensors, communications, networking, data management, and information distribution open the door to a dramatic improvement in temporary security systems. Advanced security capabilities detect targets anywhere on the globe; classify, locate, track, and image them to provide situation awareness with no costly infrastructure investment. The sensors link through new satcom services to "cloud" info management processing then provide live target data with video to users anywhere.

      Specific Problem Statement: In one sentence, explain the specific security context and/or threat type that your solution addresses.

      Rapid global deployment of temporary security and surveillance capabilities with tailored information delivery can meet a wide variety of user information requirements.

      Classify the maturity level of the solution.

      Prototype/Experiment, just beyond an idea and have started to experiment and build prototypes

      Idea Description: In one sentence, explain the general solution your team proposes to answer the problem you stated above.

      The new Iridium NEXT constellation is under DOD/DISA contract to provide secure connectivity anywhere in the world for information distribution to DOD users from ground based systems including new McQ small, battery powered global sensor systems McQ is developing as an Iridium/Next Partner company.

      Customer Benefit: How will your team’s solution benefit the armed forces? (For example: enhance safety or security, enhance manpower effectiveness, increase efficiency, reduce costs, etc.)

      Eliminating ground comms and user information systems infrastructure removes 50 to 75% of security/surveillance system costs while providing direct satcom connectivity and IP network distribution enables "Big Data" fusion and better target tracking and identification.

      Which of the following security objectives would your solution accomplish? Refer to the Challenge Overview, Security Deep Dive for further definition.

      Avoid threats (they don’t know we are there), Deter (even if enemy is aware of presence, no attack), Detect (we know all threats), Delay (slow access from threat), Deny (completely prevent or halt access by threat, without neutralizing), Defeat (neutralize threat)

      Ease of Use: Describe how your team’s solution will be used. Address any training requirements. You may attach a one-page user’s manual.

      System support and training for terrestrial infrastructure requires more manpower and cost than the security/surveillance sensors components of a system. Requirements to deploy security/surveillance capabilities rapidly are stymied by having to install or access support infrastructure and then maintain it. Advanced performance, low cost satcom linked sensor systems are now under development for McQ for tactical and strategic programs. Technology demonstrations are available to show the benefits.

      Prototype to Production: Describe the process for getting your prototype to production. How long will it take? What partnerships or contracted assistance are required?

      McQ is currently working on a variety of prototype sensors to provide target detection, classification, location, tracking, and identification of friend or foe. These sensors for Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps can be airdropped from unmanned aircraft. They include seismic, magnetic, acoustic, micro radar, EO, and LWIR imagers with target processing. They include new info security technology with denied GPS position/location. Transition to production can be performed in nine months.

      Sustainment: Briefly describe your plan, if applicable, for maintaining and upgrading your solution after implementation.

      Eliminating all infrastructure requirements reduces the support efforts to upgrading or replacing sensors. The sensors do not have to be maintained. They can have extended life in most applications to at least 3 years and longer. Target cost for the McQ RANGER advanced sensor is $500 to enable reseeding versus maintaining. All sensors can be solar powered to eliminate battery replacement for long mission life. Imaging units cost more but fewer are required and they do not need maintaining.

      Environmental Impact: Does your solution contain materials that would impact the environment? Discuss any other related environmental impact.

      The sensors use small, lithium ion batteries which are sealed and will not result in exposure to the environment.

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