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RFI M67854
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Vehicle Common Display (VCD) for the MTVR

Questions and Answers



Q:

Does the spec account for future upgrades?

A:

Yes. We have requested 50
-
100% additional ports to support different C4I and additional
systems for MTVR and other vehicles.


Q:

How many MTVRs are there?

A:

Approx 2700 (please check this figure with
Denise)



Q:

How many systems are integrated into the prototype?

A:

Five. BFT, C
AN,

Bus, CVRJ, DVE, Radio Control


Q:

How many industry solutions were actively tested during prototype?

A:

Three, with two currently running the Government developed sof
tware.


Q:

Does this display prototype correlate to other vehicle platforms?

A:

Yes. While our initial focus has been on MTVR, the hardware spec and Government software is
designed to work on multiple vehicle platforms


Q:

How much of the prototype cov
ers what the Government wants?

A:

This is an 80% solution. The GD Canada display prototype lacks vehicle capture capability.


Q:

Is the bootkick test needed?

A:

Yes. All vendors are encouraged to design to the Mil Specs as outlined in the hardware spe
c. All
solutions will be expected to meet the listed Mil Specs before fielding.


Q:

Is a shock mount needed?

A:

Only if it helps the display meet or exceed the Mil Spec. In most cases, a shock mount is
appropriate.


Q:

Would the Government consider a
lower profile display?

A:

Yes. We are open to other form factors such as a “dummy” display with a separate processor
hidden elsewhere in the vehicle


Q:

How flexible are the dimensions? The dimensions listed do not seem feasible

A:

The listed dimensions are only guidelines based on what we have previously seen from industry.
Keep in mind, low profile is always good. The cab is cluttered and anything you can do to open space
and improve visibility is a plus. The bezel button detail
s are Human Factors recommendations from
SPAWARSYSCEN Pacific. They are not required but will be looked favorably upon if adhered to.


Q:

Are 3D models of the cab available to Industry?

A:

No


Q:

Would the Government consider a 16x9 aspect ratio inst
ead of 4x3

A:

Yes, but keep in mind that the 4x3 ratio is recommended by Human Factors since the majority of
the current systems adhere to those dimensions.




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Q:

Is there a requirement for HD or SDI?

A:

Not at this time


Q:

Is the Government consider
ing dual classification capabilities?

A:

Not at this time. All current systems are unclassified or sensitive but unclassified. Secret or top
secret classification may be considered in the future but it is not a near term goal.


Q:

Can the DVE display
be replaced with a NUCLEUS display?

A:

Yes, but the current CONOPS recommended against it for the near term


Q:

When operators are not driving, will the operators be able to use verbal commands to share
control of systems?

A:

Yes. It is also our intent

to include a manual override switch for systems that require one person
to manage a given system. This capability has not been tested.


Q:

What was the selection criteria from the March 2009 RFI?

A:

The requirements were much more generic and the need
for a combined hardware/software
solution was not yet realized. The initial RFI interviewed 21 vendors, narrowed the list to approx 12
follow
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up meetings. GD Canada, Harris, L
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3 Interstate Electronics Corp, and Synexxus were invited to
SPAWAR for a local

demo. The GD Canada and Synexxus systems were procured for a working
prototype.


Q:

The baseline software is developed and owned by the Government

A:

Each system was integrated to show that the capability is there. The Government intends to
have each

Vendor provide their own “application” that functions with the NUCLEUS display. The
NUCLEUS display software is meant to be a bare
-
bone skeleton that provides a neutral platform for
different COTS solutions.


Q:

To PM MTVR: Looks like we have a solution
. Is there a procurement plan tied to this RFI?

A:

Only if MTVR finds something that will support the retrofit in FY12.


Q:

Do you intend to have several vendor displays work in unison?

A:

Yes, the software is designed to support multiple vendor
displays and allow the Government to
competitively award contracts as opposed to selecting a sole source.


Q:

Will you explain a little more about the open architecture?

A:

Yes. The software is being written to encompass open architecture standards.
This will allow
for maximum portability between hardware solutions, greater interface between systems, and support
the Government’s recommendation of developing towards open architecture standards.


Q:

Can the presentation and questions be posted on FedBi
zOpps?

A:

Yes, with approval from the Public Affairs office


Q:

Of the 4 required inputs, how many need to be in real time?

A:

All of them. The video capture feature must be available with an analog override for each input.




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Q:

Why didn’t MTVR conside
r the TARDEC solution?

A:

The full TARDEC solution is too large for the vehicle since it requires an additional digirack of
equipment. However, the TARDEC solution is designed for the same display shown in the working
prototype.


Q:

What OS is running o
n the prototype?

A:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 release 3. SPAWAR is looking to transition to RHEL 6.


Q:

What turret is used on MTVR?

A:

MCTAGS


Q:

Is there a requirement for high performance video management?

A:

Not at this time; however, lat
ency with current video capture technology should be considered


Q:

Can the DVE be controlled from the NUCLEUS display?

A:

Sensors can be controlled in the lab. This was not included in the prototype because of the
CONOPS.


Q:

Is there any opportunity
between now and 31 Jan 2011 to provide demos to SPAWAR/PM
MTVR?

A:

Not right now


Q:

Why was the GD Canada display used?

A:

“Minimalistic” approach to show greatest capability with no increase in SWAP.


Q:

What is the current processor?

A:

Intel Core
2 Duo


Q:

Will the Government consider a dummy display and central processor?

A:

Yes, this fits in our openness to multiple form factors.


Q:


Is the Government developing software with Synexxus:?

A:

No. The Government is attempting to run the Govt
developed software on the Synexxus
hardware.


Q:

What is the Government’s plan to use the vendor software?

A:

The Government will provide a skeleton OS in which multiple vendor applications can interface.
Each vendor will develop their own application t
hat will communicate and share data through the
Government software.


Q:

When will the RFP be issued?

A:

Target is Q3 FY11 but this is not guaranteed


Q:

Why is the Governement developing software?

A:

To encourage fair play between competing vendors an
d allow for standardization on how future
system messages are passed through a common interface



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Q:

Is there any benefit for small businesses?

A:

Yes. Small businesses have a greater chance to compete, not only on the hardware but through
interfacing fut
ure C4I systems and applications. The Government software is designed so vendors can
submit their applications much like those developed for the Android phone.


Q:


Is there interest for a second lower power processor in lieu of the DVE display?

A:

Pote
ntially if the CONOPS changes.


Q:

Will the NUCLEUS display support JCR as well as BFT?

A:

We currently support BFT and are designing to support JCR during the transition


Q:

1.

Where is the Place of performance?

2.

What is the estimated contract
duration?

3.

Who is technical POC?

4.

Has the level of effort been determined yet? If so, is it available for release?

5.

Has the contract type been determined yet? If so, is it available for release?

6.

Has the acquisition vehicle been determined yet?
If so, is it available for release?


A:

Answers to the above questions will be determined at a later date. The RFI is for market
research only.


Q: I recently came across the Fed Biz ops announcement for the Nucleus program and I notice that as it
is cu
rrently envisioned, the Navy has designed a hardware solution and is looking for bidders to simply
"build to print", though there are some questions as it also looks like the solution as proposed has not
been fully qualified. I was wondering if the Navy wo
uld consider an off the shelf solution that is fully
qualified and meets the stated operational requirements.


A:

The Government does not have a hardware solution, but a software suggestion versus solution. The
RFI is not asking bidders to build to pri
nt as is, but to build to specs that are flexible

as
operational
requirements have not been finalized
. The Navy will consider off the shelf items, but fo
r the purposes of
the RFI a white paper is requested.