Next Generation Information and Identification Awareness (NGIA)

Capability Assessment Event

31 October – 1 November

(Submit NLT 28 September)


On 31 October – 1 November, SOFWERX, in collaboration with USSOCOM will host a Capability Assessment Event to identify Next Generation Identification and Information Awareness technologies available now, under development, or anticipated to be developed in the next 3-5 years.

To be considered for the event, you must submit your technology for review by 28 September. The Government will subsequently review the submissions and downselect specific capabilities of interest. SOFWERX will then notify those selected companies on or about 10 October. Those selected companies must RSVP by 17 October to attend the Next Generation Identification and Information Awareness Capability Assessment Event on 31 October – 1 November.



U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) requests information from Industry, Academic, and Laboratory partners on approaches, products, and/or services to support the technology requirements of “Next Generation Identification Awareness (NGIA)” missions. NGIA is the integration of standoff biometrics, technical sensors, and advanced data architecture and analytics to complement traditional intelligence capabilities to enable identification in near-peer, sensitive, and less permissive environments. NGIA innovation will come from the ability to integrate multiple domain sensors to collectively derive high-fidelity information on identities, locations, and actions.

The focus area technologies of interest should collectively increase confidence levels, and will allow sifting of information gathered prior to transmitting/returning to requester to minimize the bandwidth required. Alternate means to achieve the same ends or effects will also be considered.


NGIA Technology Focus Areas

USSOCOM is seeking technologies available now, under development, or anticipated to be developed in the next 3-5 years. The NGIA technology focus areas are:

•   Standoff biometrics (face, gait, other)
•   Micro/nano technology
•   Internet-connected home devices (e.g. smart TVs and appliances)
•   Metadata analysis
•   Edge computing
•   Unattended sensors
•   Autonomous vehicles
•   Long-duration power
•   Meshed networking
•   Multi-domain sensor fusion
•   Full EM spectrum detection

Technologies and concepts should address the interrelated problems of gaining/maintaining persistent access, collecting and characterizing data, and fusing data to inform decisions. Alternate means to achieve the same ends or effects will also be considered and responses are encouraged even if you have only a part of a more comprehensive solution.



The government will review and assess the most promising technologies in one-on-one sessions at the capability assessment event (CAE). The tentative schedule for the event is:

31 October 
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Check-In
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Numerous Scheduled Government 1-on-1 Sessions

1 November
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Numerous Scheduled Government 1-on-1 Sessions


Industry Collaboration Day Briefs

• Focus Area Breakouts: Click Here to Review

• NGIA Proof of Concepts A-E: Click Here to Review

• Warfighter Problem Set Overview: Click Here to Review 

• Additional Warfighter Background Information: Click Here to Review


How You Can Participate


Submit Technology: Click Here For Instructions to Submit  (NLT 28 September)

•   Follow instructions to download the quad chart and white paper template

•   NOTE: You must make an account to submit your capability


Register to Attend: Click Here to RSVP to Attend CAE (17 October)



For event related questions, please contact Keri Cline at [email protected]


Notice for all interested parties to SOFWERX events:  Announcement of SOFWERX events that are considered to have high potential for further efforts that may be accomplished via FAR-based contracting instruments, Other Transaction Authority (OTA) for Prototype Projects 10 USC 2371b, Prizes for advanced technology achievements 10 USC 2374a, and/or Prize Competitions 15 USC 3719, may be made at the and/or website(s).  All announcements made at the and/or website(s) are considered to satisfy the reasonable effort to obtain competition in accordance with 10 USC 2374a (b), 15 USC 3719 (e) and 10 USC 2371b (b)(2).  All FAR based actions will follow announcement procedures per FAR 5.201(b) accordingly.