Archive: Homeland Defense

ICx Gets Awards for AirSentinels, Rad Detectors

The Department of Defense has awarded a contract to ICx Technologies [ICXT] to provide its AirSentinel ambient biological detection aerosol sensors. The value of the contract wasn’t disclosed. AirSentinel is integrated into building monitoring and control systems and is a continuous monitoring system that detects changes in concentration of ambient aerosol particles that indicate the […]

State Dept. Assisting El Salvador with AFIS Buy

The U.S. Department of State has issued a Request for Proposals for the acquisition and implementation of a national Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) to be used for law enforcement criminal identification purposes by El Salvador. El Salvador’s current criminal fingerprint program is managed by the Policia Nacional Civil and has a card-based 10-print database […]

JPEO-CBD Seeks Comments on CBRN Sensor Interface Standards

The Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD) is soliciting industry comments on a set of physical and electronic standards for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) sensors. The objective of these standards is to provide a common architecture, communications mechanism, physical interconnect, and basic command and report structures for future CBRN […]

Q&A: Rapiscan, Brijot Distribution Agreement

For developers and manufacturers of millimeter wave technology, October was a pretty decent month due to the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) decision to acquire a limited number of portal and stand-off sensor systems made by L-3 Communications [LLL] and QinetiQ respectively (TR2, Oct. 17). Whether the technology will achieve stronger, and wider, acceptance by TSA […]

DHS Seeks Input on Infrastructure Threat and Risk Analysis

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Procurement Operations is seeking industry input for a follow-on acquisition to provide support to the Homeland Infrastructure Threat and Risk Analysis Center (HITRAC) Program. The current contract was awarded on July 31, 2007, to Centra Technology, Inc. DHS seeks expertise in five key areas: contract management; security […]

Polimatrix Nabs Win in Illinois Portable Rad Detector Competition

The State of Illinois has selected Polimatrix, Inc., to supply upwards of 20,000 pager style radiation detection and identification devices that will be used by law enforcement officers and first responders across the state. The four-year award is potentially the largest such contract in the U.S. for radiation detection devices at the state and local […]

Northrop Grumman to Compete for Coast Guard NAIS

Northrop Grumman [NOC] will compete to design and install the Coast Guard’s Nationwide Automatic Identification System (NAIS), a two-way maritime digital data communication system that will improve safety and security along the nation’s littorals. A Request for Proposals for NAIS Increment 2 is expected to be released this month although the timing of this has […]

Army Soliciting for Portable CBRN Detectors for CEDAP

The Army Contracting Agency at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., is soliciting commercially available equipment for the Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP) in the areas of field portable chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear detection devices. CEDAP is a competitive program that helps meet the equipment needs and training of smaller jurisdictions and communities. Under […]


*Cross Match Technologies, which last month renewed plans for its initial public stock offering (IPO), has postponed that offering again, citing volatile conditions in the nation’s financial markets. “The company believes that current market conditions are not favorable to maximize shareholder value and will continue to monitor the financial markets,” Cross Match says. Earlier this […]

DHS Initiates New Rapid Technology Application Program

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate has initiated the second Rapid Technology Application Program (RTAP) Broad Agency Announcement to meet the rapid technology development needs of emergency responders and internal DHS customers. DHS currently seeks white papers for the rapid prototyping of systems for explosives detection, specifically a trace detection portal. […]