Proximity Warning Unit (PWU) Request for Information (RFI)

RFI Submission Requirement

Submissions are due to NSTXL on Friday, 01 November 2019 at 1400 hours Eastern Time Zone. Email submissions to with the subject line “Vendor Name PWU RFI Response”.

Need: The Program Executive Office for Simulation Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) seeks to solicit market research for vendors to develop a prototype Proximity Warning Unit (PWU) system that provides effective detection and warning to operators of military and commercial excavation equipment as to the presence of fiber optic infrastructure to prevent damage during digging operations.  The system is intended for use at the U.S Army’s Maneuver Combat Training Center in Ft. Irwin California.  The PWU prototype should utilize low cost Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) Global Positioning System (GPS) to detect the presence of critical infrastructure based on a database of surveyed locations.  The PWU will use the real time GPS to compare the position of the critical infrastructure from the database to the current position in order to provide warning to the equipment operator in both day and night conditions during rotational training exercises at the National Training Center (NTC).

Background: The NTC training network infrastructure utilizes a cellular based Range Communication System (RCS) system to support exercise control for Force on Force and Force on Target training exercises and data collection for the development of training products.  The RCS is composed of the cellular based 4G LTE network, fixed access node towers and a supporting infrastructure.  Fiber optic cables provide the data transport backbone and connect all of the fixed access node towers in the training area back to the Core Instrumentation System (CIS) in the command center.  Maintaining reliable network infrastructure is critical to supporting the training mission and if damaged impacts the ability to provide exercise control and development of data products to support the training exercise.  Digging operations occur as part of the training rotation using military equipment along with construction activities outside of training rotations using commercial digging equipment.  The intent of the prototype PWU is to provide effective warning to operators as to the presence of critical infrastructure to prevent damage during digging operations.  Prototypes developed under this effort should satisfy the requirements and provide the capabilities identified below however, are not constrained by the architectural design of existing systems.

Problem Statement: Maintaining the reliability and integrity of the fiber optic network is critical to support the training mission at the NTC.  Prevention of inadvertent damage to the fiber optic network and critical infrastructure during digging operations is necessary to prevent degradation of network operation and impacting training rotational exercises conducted at the NTC.  Providing effective detection and warning to equipment operators as to the presence of critical infrastructure during digging operators reduces the risk in inadvertent damage.

Required End-State Capabilities for PWU:  The PWU should provide effective presence detection of infrastructure and warning to the operators of digging equipment for both Military and commercial equipment in both day and night conditions.  The PWU prototype should integrate with military and commercial equipment used at the NTC and provide both audible and visual warnings to the operators when nearing the presence of critical infrastructure.

Design Considerations:

The PWU should meet the following requirements with the ability to be updated to meet future needs.  The performance objectives for the PWU should include:

  1. The primary requirement is to warn operators of their imminent proximity to the fiber optic cable. The PWU will interface with multiple digging platforms both military and commercial.
  2. The PWU should be compatible with the Night Vision Devices utilized during training exercises to support both day and night operations in a tactical environment. The visual warning indication should not interfere with tactical operations conducted as part of the maneuver training exercise.
  3. The PWU should provide for two levels of alerts. The first 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 default threshold value for the proximity alert is set at 30 meters.  If the vehicle is within 30 meters or closer to the fiber optic cable, the PWU’s visual alert will begin to flash at about a 2-second rate and audio alert will beep at about a 5-second rate.  The second alert is called the “Critical alert”.  The default threshold value for the critical alert is set at 10 meters.  It will come into effect when the vehicle is within 10 meters from the installed fiber location.  Both the visual and audio alert will activate at approximately a 0.5-second rate.
  4. The PWU should be able to operate in both day and night conditions.
  5. The threshold detection values and alert rates should be configurable and allow for changes through a user interface.
  6. Provide real time alerts to digging operators and near-real time alert’s to exercise control personnel.
  7. The PWU should provide a user interface that provides maintenance personnel an ability to change detection values and alert rates, diagnostic capability and modification of the fiber optic cable location database as new fiber optic cable is installed at the NTC.
  8. The visual alert should not impact the training exercise when integrated onto military vehicles used in the rotational training exercise.
  9. The system should utilize low cost internal Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) Global Positioning System (GPS) for the PWU. The PWU will use the real time GPS to compare the position of the optical fibers cable from the database to the current position.
  10. The PWU should provide a stand-alone capability to make changes to the software, configuration settings and updates to the fiber location data.
  11. The PWU should provide a diagnostic capability for maintenance and sustainment operations. The diagnostic capability should provide an indication of operational upon power up along with indication of faults allowing maintenance personnel to determine repair actions needed to any part of the system.
  12. The PWU shall be compatible with the harsh NTC environment, and work in High (120 degrees F) and Low (20 degrees F) temperatures, as well as, withstand the dust and water conditions to meet IP64 or better.

Submissions shall also provide Traditional/ Non-traditional status, business size (Large or Small), CAGE Code, and capability.

We are not requesting proposals at this time and we are only looking for vendor capability to fulfill the requirement.