Frontier Technology, Inc. (FTI) has been awarded a Phase II SBIR Enhancement Contract to continue the development activities of a Product Assurance Readiness Level (PARL) Decision Aide prototype. This contract provides funding for additional research to further identify, develop, and test enhancements to the Phase II developed prototype. The initial Phase I research demonstrated the feasibility for a product assurance decision aide to synthesize product assurance data into a “readiness level” while automating the collection of information when assessing a manufactures’ compliance to a consistent Product Assurance measuring bar. The Phase II developed the concept into a stand-alone prototype as a decision aide to automate the data collection and reporting of a product assurance readiness assessment. With the current PARL prototype, an assessing organization can capture and provide insight into the maturity of a vendor’s product assurance efforts to ensure optimal benefit and reduce program risk for Army weapon system reliability, cost effectiveness, and timely delivery. This enhancement contract will add additional capabilities to the prototyped approach that combines existing best practices, lessons learned, and new data collection methodologies with existing software technology, to build an effective decision support application with which to assess the Product Assurance Readiness Level of a US Army supplier.
Frontier Technology, Inc. is an engineering and information technology company helping customers to make informed decisions that improve their business operations and increase their bottom line. FTI offers Decision Management Products and Services for business analysis and Sensor Data Products and Solutions for operations analysis. The company has offices in Goleta, CA; Colorado Springs, CO; Dayton, OH; Beverly, MA; Huntsville, AL; and Anniston, AL.