Request for Information: US Navy Seeks Autonomous Lane Blockage Detection Software to Aid Emergency Response

NCMS is assisting the US Navy in seeking a partner with capabilities to provide real time traffic monitoring and alternate route determination.


Having a direct path to the scene of an emergency is critical for rapid emergency response.  To achieve this, most industrial sites have dedicated fire lanes.  But these lanes are blocked periodically, and enforcement to prevent blockage can be challenging at a large facility.  The US Navy seeks autonomous lane blockage detection software that is robust, customizable, and easy to integrate and pair with other systems.

Solution Sought

This solution will utilize installed cameras to detect any substantial object that would obstruct any monitored lane and use this information to calculate the shortest alternate route to the selected destination.  The system should have multi-lane support and provide the status of each lane.  Additionally, it should suggest alternative available routes.  This software shall support multiple cameras and routes.

This solution shall be able to update a site map dashboard with the obstructions detected, display shortest path to the destination, and show other relevant information outlined in the requirements.

Required Capabilities

Computer Vision Components

  1. Has ability to detect obstructions within a predefined area utilizing a live camera feed.
  2. Can make the detection versatile enough to detect multiple items adjacent to each other.
  3. Can support multiple adjacent lanes and contain logic to determine if there is no usable path for any given route.
  4. Has ability to modify the area to be monitored by highlighting new areas via a graphical interface that displays the live camera feeds.

Site Map Dashboard

  1. Can provide a layered site map dashboard with user definable routes and ability to modify the shortest path calculation, which depends on lane blockages.
  2. Has a first layer of the map with the ability to display:
    • Fire lane blockages and blockages that result in no path for the given route, provided by the Computer Vision Components micro service.
    • Shortest route to destination.
    • Planned lane blockages, provided by the Outage Request Information Extractor micro service (defined below).
      • The user shall be able to see the area that has been requested to be blocked.
      • The user shall be able to click on the planned blockage and see metadata containing the start/end date of the blockage, point of contact, contact information, and hyperlink for the document that requested the blockage.
    • User defined fire department water connections (fire hydrants or building water line).
      • This will be implemented in a way that could be utilized as a criterion for the shortest path calculation.
  1. Has a second layer of the map with the ability to display:
    • Heat map of lane blockages history. Be able to modify the time scale.
    • A user-selectable heat map zone that shows a list of incidents with dates.
    • Metadata for each incident (pictures, license plates number, etc.)

Notification Service

  1. Has a notification micro service included in the software.
  2. Can support the ability to send notifications to predefined groups.
    • These groups will be linked to subsets of routes of the site.
    • The administrator shall be able to modify the members in the group and define new groups that own predefined routes.
  3. Has the capability to send the following:
    • SMS notification.
    • Email notification.

Additional Desired Capabilities

The government sponsor uses formal documentation to request an approved fire lane blockage.  The software should be able to scan the document and perform the actions outlined in the Outage Request Information Extractor micro service.

Outage Request Information Extractor

  1. Ability to scan a standardized pdf map for unavailable areas and update the dashboard accordingly.
  2. Ability to extract information such as blockage dates, points of contact, and contact information from pdf or word document and use the information to update the dashboard.

Additional Computer vision Components

  1. Ability to use the Computer Vision Components micro service at a smaller scale and detect blockages of fire department water connections (fire hydrants or building water line).


Interested parties should complete the following form and provide a white paper response with no more than three (3) pages, not including a cover page, using the format below. Responses are due on June 16, 2023. All questions or concerns can be addressed to

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  1. Describe the general approach to providing a solution.
  2. Describe assumptions.
  3. Provide high-level cost to design and integrate.
  4. Describe recent and relevant experience.
  5. Provide URLs to corporate presentations including engineering, modeling, simulation, prototyping, testing, and manufacturing capabilities.


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