University of Alaska Fairbanks

Optical Character Recognition Translation Assessment Event


SOFWERX, in collaboration with USSOCOM Science and Technology (S&T) Joint Acquisition Task Force (JATF), will host a series of events to identify solutions for optical character recognition text to text translation technology from Industry, Academia, Laboratories, and other interested organizations. The desired end state is to understand the current capabilities and determine if those solutions are compatible with ongoing translation efforts.


USSOCOM S&T JATF would like to enhance the capabilities of their language translation devices. These devices will need to be able to read street signs, advertisements, canopy, marquee, and billboard signs, as well as the traditional scanning of documents, memes, magazines, etc. These devices should be able to operate completely disconnected from the cloud. Ideally, they should be able to be incorporated into different language software that has been developed, and should fit into multiple form factors. Variable optics are acceptable.

Why You Should Participate

USSOCOM seeks to enter into non-FAR or FAR-based agreements with Industry, Academic, and National Lab partners whose solutions are favorably evaluated by USSOCOM S&T JATF Subject Matter Experts. As such, the follow-on Assessment Event (AE) is considered competitive in the same manner as a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) or Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO), and solutions will be evaluated independently of one another primarily for technical merit. This serves dually as notification of the intent to research the feasibility of an agreement under 10 U. S. Code, Section 2371b and/or Section 2371b(f), and as notice of pre-solicitation activities IAW FAR 5.204.


For event-related questions, please contact Lindsay Horst,