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M.C. Dean, Inc. has performed critical Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) tasks for real-time command and control and information sharing in the homeland security and force protection mission areas. A representative example includes in-depth analytical research and innovative methods applied to enable deployment of the operations center for a major cabinet-level Federal agency in record time for a center of this significance. In our RDT&E role, M.C. Dean Inc.’s analysis threaded the center to the missions it supports and employed new concepts and technologies not in place with the agency at the time of deployment. Even basic system elements in such a new environment required substantial research to complete the engineering and guarantee performance in this mission critical environment.

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M.C. Dean, Inc.’s Systems Engineering (SE) expertise is evidenced by more than 400 Delivery Orders (DOs) performed as a prime contractor to the Navy over the last 10 years, proving the full spectrum from requirements engineering through system specification, procurement, installation, operations and maintenance. Our SE capabilities spread across disciplines ranging from satellite communications, to integrated electronics for force protection to compact and reliable power systems design.


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M.C. Dean, Inc. uses formal modeling and simulation tools and technologies to pre-determine statistically likely outcomes in complex system deployments. As the prime contractor for a security program for a Federal agency with offices throughout the U.S., we were tasked with developing a nationwide video monitoring, surveillance and communications system. The ambitious nature and the high bandwidth needs of this system required extensive modeling of the proposed systems and their practical operation. M.C. Dean, Inc staged video switching, storage and processing equipment in our Applied Technologies Laboratory and determined system performance parameters and practical bandwidth requirements using network traffic simulation, a prototypical system to emulate each remote site, a staged head-end, and time based analysis of video network performance using statistical methods. The system was subsequently successfully deployed to all major facilities operated by our client agency. M.C. Dean, Inc.’s communications, computer and software systems modeling in an integrated environment was a key decision support element allowing the agencyto meet critical program milestones.


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M.C. Dean, Inc provides pre-production, model making and fabrication methodologies to support both custom system requirements and high volume production for large federal clients. One of our key programs supporting a confidential client involved a command center retrofit to accommodate both the facility’s physical space and footprint constraints, along with interconnection, performance and interoperability constraints associated with legacy systems. M.C. Dean, Inc. engineered a unified prototype design for a circuit board and mount to accommodate two RM-4 card readers in lieu of the standard single board/processor per reader design. Working with a local small business manufacturer to fabricate the components, we developed an inventive prototype, which was then run through an extensive performance test battery; the unit was retooled based on testing results, primarily associated with form factor considerations, and a set of pre-production units were developed which were placed in our RDT&E laboratory for stress and endurance testing, and then deployed in over 100 locations throughout the facility. We continue to fabricate parts and maintain fielded systems.


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M.C. Dean, Inc. has completed more than 200 major system design document sets for a single IDIQ contract in the past five years alone. Our technical documentation expertise includes System Design Requirements (SDRs), System Engineering Plans (SEPs), Installation Design Plans (IDPs) as shown in the table, and System Test Plans (STPs) covering all aspects of logical and technical engineering drawings such as Facility Floor Plans, Site/Facility Elevations, System Block Diagrams, Systems Wiring Diagrams, Power/Signal Cable Layouts, and Hardware Installation Drawings, all of which are archived digitally in our online knowledge repository.


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M.C. Dean, Inc.’s Software Engineering and Development are performed in compliance with our internal Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) process standards, and our expertise is exemplified in our work for the a Federal agency and a military corrections facility. Our work effort in developing software for these clients/facilities entailed: 1) Requirements Analysis, 2) Concept of Operations development including hierarchical data structure and representative workflows, 3) Joint Applications Development (JAD) to deliver a prototype application for user review and analysis, 4) User Interface/Feedback to document revised system requirements, 5) System Alpha version development and unit, system and regression testing, and 6) Functional and technical training sessions for system operators and administrators.


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M.C. Dean, Inc routinely incorporates lifecycle Reliability, Maintainability and Availability (RM&A) performance objectives into the planning and design of systems and components, as part of our formal integrated logistics support analysis. M.C. Dean, Inc.’s ongoing effort for SPAWAR in support of U.S. and NATO coalition forces in Eastern Europe and the Middle East provides an example. For these programs, we incorporated reliability and maintainability monitoring and support into the design and deployment of a Satellite Communications (SATCOM)/Telephony network supporting military communications in this region. During the system design phase, M.C. Dean, Inc. specified reliability requirements in terms of Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) and Mission Critical Failure (MTBMCF) for key system components. We also determined maintainability thresholds in terms of Mean Time To Repair (MTTR) and maximum corrective maintenance time, given the number of users and organization of those users. With this information, we established system RM&A parameters and associated sparing and maintenance plans to ensure optimal systems operational availability over time. The result is systems availability in the 99.9 percent range.


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M.C. Dean, Inc.’s human factors engineering is a significant component of our command and control and force protection work activities. Human factors and usability engineering is essential when supporting command center duty officers or uniformed police to ensure that technology provides functionality that maximizes a systems’ usefulness to these users. For example, on a recent program for the protection of a multi-building Federal facility open to the public, the functional analysis began with the physical counts and assessment of the operating needs and the basic knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) of the uniformed officers responsible for protecting these facilities. M.C. Dean, Inc. applied these KSAs and subsequently derived operational requirements for each duty station in the perimeter and for each seat in the watch center. The practical application of these KSAs and operating requirements resulted in M.C. Dean, Inc. developing key innovations in our design. The duty stations, instead of being typical PC-based monitoring and surveillance software with separate video surveillance monitors were replaced with a single touch screen interface. This permits the officer to access remote video feeds, alarm information, badge and ID information, and X-ray screening video inputs, all at once if they choose and with a simple touch screen interface placed securely in a ballistic rated podium for further protection of the officer, increasing system utility and efficiency of process operations.


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M.C. Dean, Inc gives safety the highest priority in any system design and deployment, and our safety engineering program is second to none in the industry. Ensuring that systems are designed and perform safely, especially those with potential to cause significant harm or even loss of life is essential. M.C. Dean, Inc. has a twenty person safety engineering department that routinely reviews design documents and surveys project locations to ensure our work incorporates safety in all areas. As an example, a recent project to develop an emergency operations center within a 150+ year old facility presented substantial safety challenges. Proper life safety design was essential and included ensuring proper egress into and out of the center in the event of a critical event or emergency, proper design of ventilation and water systems to enable the center and people to function in the event of contamination of incoming air and water supplies, interfacing with the alarm and detection systems to protect the center in the overall scheme of the larger facility, designing power down and fire suppression systems that permit safe remediation and escape under fire or similar other occurrences.


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