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IARPA – Smart Electrically Powered and Networked Textile System (SMART ePANTS) Program – N66001-22-S-4705

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IARPA – Smart Electrically Powered and Networked Textile System (SMART ePANTS) Program – N66001-22-S-4705

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Development of comfortably worn Active Smart Textile (AST) garments for use in situations like on-site arms control inspections is the objective of the SMART ePANTS program. For maximum comfort and user dexterity, objectives include sensor integration into clothing, where the garment maintains similar stretchability, bendability, surface roughness, and washability attributes to comparable non-SMART garments. SMART ePANTS sensor systems must be safely worn against the skin, be reusable, and capable of exporting gathered data to external data storage devices. It is expected that the sensor systems will be entirely incorporated into garment components, especially fibers, yarn, and fabric, but may include (to a limited extent) expected commercial garment accessories such as buttons, grommets, zippers, piping, or collar stays.
ASTs developed under SMART ePANTS will comprise four components:
(1) a sensor(s) to gather information;
(2) a computation and data storage unit;
(3) a power source; and
(4) interconnects that enable device operation.
ASTs shall be integrated to collect audio, video and/or indoor location data using a system comprising these four components. IARPA expects that these components will be distributed throughout the garment to maximize the use of the 2-3 m2 of textile that most people wear to work.
Proposals must fully describe the Offeror’s technical approaches to address one or more of the four Research Tracks. P
Proposals must describe a plan to develop an AST built into a “primary garment” (defined as shirts, blouses, pairs of pants, dresses, socks, undergarments, or swimwear). “Integrated” means all required system components ( sensor, power source, computer and data storage, wires, switches, and other interconnects) have been assembled to work together, and the system can record data from its environment as described in one or more of the following three research tracks:
Track 1: Audio (Hear It) – Develop an integrated system that can record a conversation between two or more people.
Track 2: Video/Photography (See It) – Record photographs and/or video under indoor office or factory conditions.
Track 3: Location (Locate It) – Record three-dimensional location data indoors relative to a starting point.
The SMART ePANTS program is envisioned as a 42-month effort that is intended to begin January 2023. Phase I – Base Period of the program will last 18 months; Phase II – Option Period 1 will last 12 months; and Phase III – Option Period 2 will last 12 months.
Proposals Due 6 September 2022

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