Designing Unattended Ground Sensors for the 21st Century - Submissions are due by March 15, 2020.

Marine Corps units need a way to efficiently sense an adversary’s location or network signatures in a named area of interest using rapidly deployable sensors to provide timely and detailed information to aid a Commander’s decision-making.

This crowdsourcing challenge will help the USMC identify the technology options to manage and capture adversary signatures and locations and could provide activation information in real-time. Submissions to this challenge should consider being networkable, lightweight, disposable, and integration with user-friendly, intuitive monitoring display.


  • Technical boundaries: Must be able to transmit data or image files to an accessible monitoring system.
  • Operation conditions: Preferred ability to be able to withstand extreme temperatures.
  • Relevant technologies: Trail cameras, Raspberry Pi computers, and Kilswitch app or comparable mapping technology.

To join our Innovation Community and participate in this challenge, go to the NSIN Defense Innovation network USMC Ground Sensor Challenge