Ground Stations for the Base Expeditionary Targeting Surveillance System

 

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has the vital mission to secure the nation from various threats. One of its vital mechanisms is the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) Program. 

 

The Standard Ground Station (SGS) is the operator console that brings together all the Base Expeditionary Targeting Surveillance System – Combined (BETSS-C) sensors. The SGS takes in, displays and disseminates the video and metadata for these sensors. The purpose of this contract is to build test and deliver the SGS hardware to the Government. The SGS system as a whole (both hardware and software) is the cornerstone of the BETSS-C system objective to provide a common Graphic User Interface (GUI) for all sensors using SGS.

The SGS provides Warfighters a sensor control console across all BETSS-C systems using a “man-machine” interface via common software. The SGS will be interoperable with other Army sensor systems and the Army Battle Command Systems (ABCS) in order to provide location information through Battle Command and Fires assets. The SGS will also be interoperable and compliant with the joint intelligence collection, archiving and analysis system: Defense Common Ground Station-Army (DCGS-A) with the DCGS Integrated Backbone (DIB).

Ideal Innovations, Inc. (I3) purchased the necessary components, assembled and tested the units and delivered completed SGS units in transit cases to the Government. The hardware provided was a “build to print” effort and a Technical Data Package (TDP) was provided as a part of the procurement. Key requirements provided by the I3 Team included:

  • Purchasing the components
  • Assembling the SGS units
  • Conducting First Article and Acceptance Testing
  • Managing the supply chain
  • Managing obsolescence of components
  • Ensuring quality and workmanship for delivered units
  • Meeting Government’s required delivery schedule including supporting shipment
  • Provide Government with weekly, monthly and quarterly reporting
  • Responds and follows-up to Government request

We identified over 80 different changes required to meet the configuration desired by the Government. The changes required identification of alternative sources, maintaining configuration control, updating drawing packages and managing parts that no longer existed or were going out of production. I3 performed First Articles Tests on the equipment in a Software Integration Lab (SIL) to demonstrate its effectiveness and functionality prior to being sent to the field.

During production and Lot Acceptance Test (LAT) I3 performs final function tests to ensure the equipment is operating properly. We repair or replace if needed to ensure full performance is reached. Additionally, we performed a Physical Configuration Audit (PCA) to ensure the components, tolerances, labeling, and markings are assembled according to specifications. This demonstrates our ability to conduct inspections, repairs and assemble equipment from complex drawing or diagrams. If there are any warranty issues, I3 performs all the necessary steps to ensure the Government receives a new or repaired piece of equipment to minimize non-mission capable time.

After identifying changes required to meet the configuration desired by the Government. This called for identification of alternative sources, maintaining configuration control, updating drawing packages, and managing parts that no longer existed or were going out of production. I3 performed First Articles Tests on the equipment in a SIL to demonstrate its effectiveness and functionality prior to being sent to the field. During production and LAT testing, I3 performs final functionality tests to ensure the equipment is functioning properly. We repair or replace components if needed to ensure full performance is reached.

Additionally, we performed a PCA to ensure the components, tolerances, labelling, and markings are according to specifications. This demonstrated our ability to conduct inspections, repairs, the ability follow complex drawing or diagrams in order to ensure all equipment is operationally ready and available. If there are any warranty issues, I3 performs all the necessary steps to ensure the Government receives a new or repaired piece of equipment to minimize non-mission capable time. Additionally we support the requirements for Item Unique Identification Data (IUID).

I3 supported the required hours of operation, conducted travel IAW the JTR, complied with customer Quality Assurance Surveillance Plan (QASP) requirements, met all personnel qualifications, complied with personnel reporting requirements, ensured personnel security clearances were up-to-date, signed NDAs where required, complied with all Information Assurance requirements, submitted financial reports for personnel manning and equipment.