Hadron’s Small Business Innovation Research-backed technologies, and how to acquire them.

ACES program history

Photon and Carthage are the trade-name components of Advanced Collaboration Enterprise Services (ACES), a USAF-sponsored innovation program to revolutionize command center collaboration. When deployed to the field, ACES turns all of an enterprise’s electronic displays—video walls, desktop monitors, and handheld devices—into a single, unified workspace.

Photon, Carthage, and the integration of them to form ACES, are all products of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding. 

Contract history

Phase I: HM0177-12-C-0001 National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; FA8650-13-M-6388, Air Force Research Laboratory; and FA3002-19-P-A042, 338 SCONS

Phase II: FA8751-19-C-A068, AFRL.

Most recent Phase III: FA6643-18-P-0008

Rights: Restricted; SBIR.

Current SBIR rights expiration: November 2023

Sole source acquisition

Any technology that extends, completes, or derives from a SBIR investment may be procured by the Federal Government via a sole source action. This is because the original SBIR award (and the vendor’s completion of the contract) satisfies the competition requirements.  Per the USAF SBIR Program Office, an agency that wishes to acquire a technology that has been previously developed with Phase I or II funds “is not required to conduct another competition in order to satisfy” the requirements of Armed Services Procurement Act, the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act and the Competition in Contracting Act. More information on the SBIR program and acquisition guidance is available from Defense Acquisition University.