SOCOM Deploys NeuroTracker System to Improve Commandos’ Cognitive Abilities

SOCOM Deploys NeuroTracker System to Improve Commandos’ Cognitive Abilities

This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for Commercial Items in accordance with the format prescribed in Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; proposals are requested and a written solicitation will not be issued. The solicitation is being issued as a Request for Quote (RFQ); solicitation number is H92244-12-T-0177, and a firm fixed price contract is contemplated. The solicitation document and incorporated provisions and clauses are those in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-58 effective 18 April 2012. This procurement is UNRESTRICTED and the associated North American Industrial Classification Code (NAICS) code is 339999 with a business size standard of 500 employees. The DPAS rating for this procurement is DO-C9.

All responsible sources may submit a quote which shall be considered by the agency. The Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG) has a requirement to procure the following:

This procurement is a brand name or equal (COGNISENS ATHLETICS,INC). If quoting equal please submit specifications with your quote.

Section B – Schedule of Supplies and Services

CLIN NeuroTracker Perceptual Cognitive Training System Quantity Unit of Issue

0001 The Contractor shall provide the delivery, installation, and 3 EA

user training for the training system.

The Government has a requirement for a perceptual-cognitive training system that will improve the situational awareness, multiple target tracking and decision making efficiency of soldiers as it relates to combat. This System should be able to measure perceptual performance against baseline criteria to evaluate the quality and efficacy of current neurobiological activity. The training system shall meet the following objectives.

• Improve Multiple Object Tracking (MOT) ability through the use of 3D stereoscopy in an immersive virtual environment that mirrors real-life perceptual-cognitive processes.

• Provide objective baseline data to measure performance improvement.

• Train the individual’s ability to process complex motion, improving situational awareness by allowing the simultaneous perception of several targets in a chaotic environment.

• Enhance the individual’s ability to spread attention throughout the visual field, conditioning them to use peripheral vision cues to track targets simultaneously.

• Improvement of the individual’s ability to process visual information and reduce response time so that more time is available to make effective tactical decisions and identify threats.

• Train the individual’s ability to better track multiple targets under pressure.

• Increase the ability to perceive biological motion (body movements) and make predictions on future movement and positioning.

• Use as profiling tool, evaluating the perceptual-cognitive ability of potential command members.

The training system shall meet the following requirements.

• Shall be non-invasive

• Shall include a minimum of seven (7) different types of training sessions to train a range of perceptual skills.

• Sessions shall be able to be completed within ten (10) minutes or less so it can easily be integrated with other training.

• Shall be able to track speed of performance.

• Shall have dual person training option.

• Individual and group data shall be able to be produced for comparison purposes.

• Shall have both a permanent and portable version of the training system.

• Shall include a software option that can be set to user requirement.

• Shall include protocols and measurement of cross-modal training.

o Incorporation of physical conditioning exercise as a dual task combined with perceptual-cognitive task.

o Tactical and strategic motor skills as dual task combined with perceptual-cognitive tasks.

This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for Commercial Items in accordance with the format prescribed in Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; proposals are requested and a written solicitation will not be issued. The solicitation is being issued as a Request for Quote (RFQ); solicitation number is H92244-12-T-0177, and a firm fixed price contract is contemplated. The solicitation document and incorporated provisions and clauses are those in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-58 effective 18 April 2012. This procurement is UNRESTRICTED and the associated North American Industrial Classification Code (NAICS) code is 339999 with a business size standard of 500 employees. The DPAS rating for this procurement is DO-C9.

All responsible sources may submit a quote which shall be considered by the agency. The Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG) has a requirement to procure the following:

This procurement is a brand name or equal (COGNISENS ATHLETICS,INC). If quoting equal please submit specifications with your quote.

Section B – Schedule of Supplies and Services

CLIN NeuroTracker Perceptual Cognitive Training System Quantity Unit of Issue

0001 The Contractor shall provide the delivery, installation, and 3 EA

user training for the training system.

The Government has a requirement for a perceptual-cognitive training system that will improve the situational awareness, multiple target tracking and decision making efficiency of soldiers as it relates to combat. This System should be able to measure perceptual performance against baseline criteria to evaluate the quality and efficacy of current neurobiological activity. The training system shall meet the following objectives.

• Improve Multiple Object Tracking (MOT) ability through the use of 3D stereoscopy in an immersive virtual environment that mirrors real-life perceptual-cognitive processes.

• Provide objective baseline data to measure performance improvement.

• Train the individual’s ability to process complex motion, improving situational awareness by allowing the simultaneous perception of several targets in a chaotic environment.

• Enhance the individual’s ability to spread attention throughout the visual field, conditioning them to use peripheral vision cues to track targets simultaneously.

• Improvement of the individual’s ability to process visual information and reduce response time so that more time is available to make effective tactical decisions and identify threats.

• Train the individual’s ability to better track multiple targets under pressure.

• Increase the ability to perceive biological motion (body movements) and make predictions on future movement and positioning.

• Use as profiling tool, evaluating the perceptual-cognitive ability of potential command members.

The training system shall meet the following requirements.

• Shall be non-invasive

• Shall include a minimum of seven (7) different types of training sessions to train a range of perceptual skills.

• Sessions shall be able to be completed within ten (10) minutes or less so it can easily be integrated with other training.

• Shall be able to track speed of performance.

• Shall have dual person training option.

• Individual and group data shall be able to be produced for comparison purposes.

• Shall have both a permanent and portable version of the training system.

• Shall include a software option that can be set to user requirement.

• Shall include protocols and measurement of cross-modal training.

o Incorporation of physical conditioning exercise as a dual task combined with perceptual-cognitive task.

o Tactical and strategic motor skills as dual task combined with perceptual-cognitive tasks.

This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for Commercial Items in accordance with the format prescribed in Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; proposals are requested and a written solicitation will not be issued. The solicitation is being issued as a Request for Quote (RFQ); solicitation number is H92244-12-T-0177, and a firm fixed price contract is contemplated. The solicitation document and incorporated provisions and clauses are those in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-58 effective 18 April 2012. This procurement is UNRESTRICTED and the associated North American Industrial Classification Code (NAICS) code is 339999 with a business size standard of 500 employees. The DPAS rating for this procurement is DO-C9.

All responsible sources may submit a quote which shall be considered by the agency. The Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG) has a requirement to procure the following:

This procurement is a brand name or equal (COGNISENS ATHLETICS,INC). If quoting equal please submit specifications with your quote.

Section B – Schedule of Supplies and Services

CLIN NeuroTracker Perceptual Cognitive Training System Quantity Unit of Issue

0001 The Contractor shall provide the delivery, installation, and 3 EA

user training for the training system.

The Government has a requirement for a perceptual-cognitive training system that will improve the situational awareness, multiple target tracking and decision making efficiency of soldiers as it relates to combat. This System should be able to measure perceptual performance against baseline criteria to evaluate the quality and efficacy of current neurobiological activity. The training system shall meet the following objectives.

• Improve Multiple Object Tracking (MOT) ability through the use of 3D stereoscopy in an immersive virtual environment that mirrors real-life perceptual-cognitive processes.

The U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) recently announced plans to deploy CogniSens‘ NeuroTracker system to “improve situational awareness, multiple target tracking and decision making efficiency of soldiers as it relates to combat.” While NeuroTracker isn’t the military’s first computer-based training system, it is the first one that doesn’t involve simulated combat environments.

The premise is simple: the user sits in front of a 3D screen displaying eight moving balls and is then instructed to follow four of the balls for eight minutes, with the remaining four acting as decoys. As the game progresses, it becomes more complex and faster paced. The principle behind the game, according to CogniSens, is that “the brain structurally rewires itself if stimulated intensively and repeatedly…the same way muscle cells improve with physical conditioning.”

NeuroTracker has already been used by several NHL and NFL teams to improve their perceptual-cognitive abilities on the ice/field. In addition to testing and training current commandos, NeuroTracker will also be used to assess the cognitive abilities of prospective operatives to see if they fit the ranks of SOCOM’s elite.

Source : https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=861942fbbf5c9f1d6a6f0f1284315c72&tab=core&_cview=0

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