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Homeland Security Report

Briefing

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate has selected Texas A&M Univ. to lead a new Center of Excellence, the Cross-Border Threat Screening and Supply Chain Defense (CBTS), which will be focused on biological threats. S&T awarded a $3.9 million grant to CBTS for the first operating year of a 10-year grant period.…

DHS S&T Develops Prototype DNA Store and Match Capability for Biometric Office

TAMPA, Fla.--Looking to meet the requirements of its users, the biometric identity office within the Department of Homeland Security last year awarded the Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate to develop a prototype of a capability for the storage, matching and sharing of DNA for biometric queries.The DNA Store/Match/Share (SMS) effort was unveiled in late September…

DoD Awards Brazilian Company Contract to Provide Biometric System for Afghanistan, Iraq

The U.S. Defense Department in September selected Brazil’s Griaule to supply and operate biometric identity management systems for the governments of Afghanistan and Iraq, a contract that represents the company’s largest award with the U.S. government.The award for the Afghanistan and Iraqi Automated Biometric Identification Systems (ABIS) is worth about $75 million over five years.…

Development of Next-Gen Biometric Identity Management System on Schedule, DHS Officials Say

TAMPA, Fla.—More than six months into the development and acquisition of a next-generation cloud-based biometric storage and matching system for the Department of Homeland Security, the Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART) effort is holding to schedule, department officials overseeing the program said on Tuesday.The HART program is still on track to have the first increment…

DHS Selects L3, Leidos and Smiths Detection for Radiation Portal Monitor Replacement Program

The Department of Homeland Security in September awarded contracts to three companies, L3 Technologies [LLL], Leidos [LDOS], and Smiths Detection to supply replacement radiation portal monitor (RPM) systems for deployment at U.S. ports.The award is worth a combined $291.4 million and was announced via the Sept. 19 FedBizOpps website. The award was made by the…

Tech Developments

HID Global Acquires CrossmatchHID Global in late September acquired the identity management company Crossmatch in a deal that significantly expands its biometric product portfolio and authentication and identity assurance solutions. HID Global, which is part of Sweden’s Assa Abloy Group, didn’t disclose the purchase price. Assa Abloy said that Crossmatch, which has about 270 employees,…

Contract Awards

FLIR Nabs $94M Support Contract for CBP Mobile Surveillance Capability ProgramThe Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), on behalf of Customs and Border Protection, has awarded FLIR Systems [FLIR] a potential $94.3 million contract to provide new equipment for the Mobile Surveillance Capability (MSC) systems. Under the indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract, FLIR will received a $12.2…

Business Opportunities

TSA Issues RFI for Human Capital Assessment PlatformThe Transportation Security Administration has issued a Request for Information (RFI) as part of market research for the continuance of, or replacement for, its Human Capital TSA Assessment Platform. The market survey will support the development and execution of a viable human capital support services and systems acquisition…