The internet of things connects an ever-growing number of smart devices for up-to-the-minute monitoring and tracking of many common events. Head out to most parts of the open ocean, however, and no such capability exists for real-time monitoring of maritime activity.
January 4, 2018,
DARPA Conference Center
DARPA will host a Proposers Day in support of an upcoming DARPA BAA HR001118S0013, Ocean of Things, on Thursday, January 4, 2018, at the DARPA Conference Center (675 N. Randolph St, Arlington, VA 22203) from 8:00am to 5:00pm EST. Participants must register for the Ocean of Things Proposers Day through the registration website by December 27, 2017 at 12:00pm EST. The purpose of this meeting is to provide information on the Ocean of Things program, promote additional discussion on this topic, address questions from potential proposers, and provide an opportunity for potential proposers to share their capabilities and ideas for teaming arrangements. For more details and registration instructions visit: https://go.usa.gov/xn552
. The DARPA Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) solicitation is available here: https://go.usa.gov/xnUrX
DARPA's Oceans of Things program seeks to enable persistent maritime
situational awareness over large ocean areas by deploying thousands of
small, low-cost floats that could form a distributed sensor network. Each
smart float would contain a suite of commercially available sensors to
collect environmental data-such as ocean temperature, sea state, and
location-as well as activity data about commercial vessels, aircraft, and
even maritime mammals moving through the area. The floats would transmit
data periodically via satellite to a cloud network for storage and real-time
Although available program funds are typically fully allocated at the start of a program, opportunities sometimes arise 12 – 18 months after program kickoff, when phase 1 performance is being assessed. If you have ideas you think may be of interest to a program, this may be a good time to talk to the PM.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative proposals for the second phase of a two-phase program to design, develop, and manufacture low-cost, persistent maritime floats that sense and report relevant data from the physical and operational environment. The program, Ocean of Things, is a vital part of the Mosaic Warfare end-state vision. Proposed solutions should develop innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems and innovative approaches to apply existing technology not previously applied to the maritime domain. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.