Problem: Instead of developing the communications solution in-house, the Engineers and BDM team have decided to acquire and integrate a communications solution in conjunction with the MCC vehicle. In addition to the data and range requirements above, reliability is an important factor in disaster relief; however, reliability may be balanced by other factors such as extending range or other capabilities. Cost is an important factor as potential customers will be evaluating this solution against other candidates; that said, anticipated competitions for these vehicles are believed to judge candidates by Best Value, so cost that adds significant value in improving disaster relief communications efforts would be acceptable and would be considered. The solution may be a single product or an effort that integrates multiple products with minimal additional effort required for integration to minimize unit costs.UMRS hopes to bring this complete product to market within five years.
Specifically the following critical elements must be addressed:
I. Background:What is the need or challenge of the organization? What are potential ways to address that need or challenge? How can it be improved?
II. Research and Critique
a) What are three innovative technologiesthat can be used to address the needs of the organization? How do the technologies address the need?
b) Assessment: What is the cost? What does implementation involve? Who/what will benefit? Which stakeholders will be affected by a new technology adoption? What supports for implementing new technology will be necessary for stakeholders? Is this a cost-effective solution? Be sure to comprehensively address each component of the assessment for each of the three innovative technologies.
c) Determine which technology, from the three you have researched, best meets the organization's needs and defend your selection.
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