Army surveys industry for reconnaissance and targeting sensors for relocatable surveillance towers

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FORT BELVOIR, Va., 13 March 2011. U.S. Army researchers are surveying industry to find companies able to build reconnaissance, surveillance, and target-acquisition (RSTA) components for the Army's Cerberus mobile sensor suite tower designed to protect U.S. and allied forces from terrorist attacks.

The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering (RDECOM), Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD), Special Products and Prototyping Division (SPPD), Counterterrorism (CT) Branch at Fort Belvoir, Va., issued a sources-sought notice Thursday (W909MY11Q0009) for RSTA components for Cerberus -- a 50-foot-tall relocatable, self-sufficient sensor tower that provides standoff detection and assessment of potential terrorist attacks as far away as 300 meters in daylight and at night.

Army researchers specifically are looking for wireless radios, fuel cells, batteries, day and thermal imagers, radar, pan and tilts, human interface hardware, and electronics for Cerberus RSTA capability, with an eye to enhancements that ease setup and operation of the system, improve performance, maintainability, or manufacturability.

Companies interested should provide the Army with information on technologies, capabilities, and qualifications to satisfy the Army's need for RSTA capability for the Cerberus surveillance tower. Response should discuss the company's technologies that meet these criteria, any related performance test results, and any past performance in related projects.

The Army's Cerberus surveillance sensor tower typically uses perimeter ground radar to detect and track potential attackers; unattended ground sensors for coverage in radar skip zones or in heavy foliage the radar cannot penetrate; and video motion detection with staring cameras that can be independently positioned to fill gaps in radar or cover avenues of approach.

Motion-detection software offers an alarm to any motion in the system's field of view and presents an image and a track of the target. The Cerberus camera suite switches to infrared at night. Powering Cerberus is a small generator with battery backup. Cerberus sensors use a two-way wireless link for commands and data flow. Several towers can be networked together to extend perimeter coverage. Cerberus will offer solutions for force protection needs, and for civil homeland security for border, port, and infrastructure security.

Companies interested should with five-page papers written in Microsoft Word. E-mail responses no later than 4 April 2011 to The Army's Kevin Nguyen at Phone Nguyen at 703-704-4559 for questions or concerns.

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