Alternative Video Transmission Concept Challenge

During times of internal conflict, it may be helpful for partner forces to be able to send video of important events. However, WiFi, satellite communications, and cellular networks may not be a viable option.

TOTAL PRIZE AWARD: $6,000

CHALLENGE CLOSING: 3/31/2018


Planning to Submit: 1 Submissions: 0

During times of internal conflict, it is sometimes helpful for partner forces to be able to send video of important events. However, oftentimes, WiFi, satellite communications, and cellular networks are not viable.

We are looking for technical concept papers for solutions that can be rapidly developed into working prototypes for testing.

Specifications for this challenge:

  • Must maintain anonymity of transmitting source (Low Probability of Detection and Intercept (LPD/I))
  • Must be able to provide a level of confidence in the integrity of the video in transit, and the source (e.g. authentication methods)
  • An ideal range of 100 miles
  • Capability should be able to transmit one minute of 720p HD video, within six hours time
  • Must be able to function without use of VPN
  • Must not be export controlled

Submissions should include a quad chart which can be found here: click here to download quad chart template.

In addition to the quad chart, there is no minimum/maximum page count for this submission. Offerors are to provide their technology concept in the format best suited to conveying the information as clearly and succinctly as possible.

Items to consider, in order of weight:

1) Video transmission outside WiFi, cellular, and satellite communications is preferred. However, WiFi, cellular, and satellite communicates that provide LPI/LPD solutions may be considered.  VPN-based solutions will not be evaluated.

2) Range, up to and including beyond line of sight.

3) Ability to validate integrity of video and source (eg. dual authentication)

4) Ability to maintain anonymity of originating source

5) Size, weight and power

6) Solutions that use readily available, third-party consumer grade components will be given priority

7) Video quality

8) Transmission time

9) Novelty of approach

Please post questions throughout the challenge on the Q&A tab. Your submission will be judged on the final submission.

Prizes will be awarded and announced within 30 days of the challenge closing date.  Prize amounts for this challenge are:

1st place: $3,000

2nd place: $2,000

3rd place: $1,000

In addition the most promising submission(s) may be provided with additional funding to develop their concepts into working prototypes for testing.

 

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