March 10, 2014 - TEDAR Phase II
ArchSmart Awarded Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Test and Evaluation Archival Repository (TEDAR) Phase II Follow On Contract
On 21 September 2012, ArchSmart, LLC was awarded a Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) Phase I contract, with the overall objective to develop an intuitive archival database and interfacing system to serve as a centralized repository for results from testing and evaluation (T&E), modeling and simulation (M&S), and other analysis events sponsored by Federal agencies and other organizations in large-scale evaluation and analysis of radiation/nuclear (RN) detection instruments and procedures. This repository system has been termed "TEDAR" (Test & Evaluation Data Archival Repository) for the purposes of this SBIR effort.
The Phase I effort was focused on developing and demonstrating highly innovative solutions to these issues that involve: (1) developing TEDAR such that it is easily customizable to meet the varying needs of a broad range of government and commercial applications; (2) significantly reducing the potential Operations and Maintenance (O&M) costs for a large repository system; (3) providing a very flexible and intuitive interface for the system users; (4) providing an effective and efficient search mechanism via a rich and comprehensive set of metadata that is integrated and linked across the many disparate data collections in the repository; and (5) protecting the T&E/M&S data collections from unauthorized access, change, or corruption.
The Phase II effort, awarded March 10, 2014, will build on the Phase I baseline to complete the system to an initial product, ready for use by DNDO and to proceed with commercialization. Significant Phase II objectives are to: (1) Improve usability and robustness to a production state, (2) scale up for very large collections and a very large number of collections, (3) design and implement a collection manifest capability; (4) enhance search capabilities; (5) implement support for M&S collections; (6) enhance security; and (7) address commercialization. As required by the SBIR process, these objectives will be addressed over an eighteen (18) month period.
A key aspect of Phase II will be standup of a "Beta Test" version of TEDAR for the personnel that DNDO assigns to represent the intended TEDAR user community. These users will be able to access and use the system functionality to become familiar with TEDAR, explore its capabilities, and identify enhancements and added capabilities that are desired. Thus an additional objective for Phase II will be to incorporate user-requested enhancements/functionality as approved by the DNDO system owner within time and resource constraints.