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HSR, April 5, 2017

Briefing

CryptoMove has received a $200,000 award from the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology branch to enhance the security of small unmanned aircraft systems used by Border Patrol agents. CryptoMove is proposing a dynamic defense system and data fragmentation approach for sUAS platforms embedded in all levels of the technology architecture to enable automated…

Justice Department Requires Divestiture of Morpho's ETD Business to Bless Smiths Acquisition

Coming as no surprise, the U.S. Justice Department in late March said it will require Britain’s Smiths Group to divest the explosives trace detection (ETD) of Morpho Detection as a condition for approval of Smiths pending $710 million acquisition of Morpho from France’s Safran Group.The Justice Department’s condition for the deal follows one earlier this…

Coast Guard Issues Draft RFP for Small UAS on National Security Cutters

The Coast Guard on March 28 issued a draft Request for Proposal (RFP) for its plans to acquire small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) to deploy aboard its fleet of National Security Cutters (NSC) to provide the vessels with airborne tactical surveillance.The Coast Guard plans to award a five-year contract to procure the sUAS and related…

Tech Developments

Design Interactive Develops Training System for X-Ray System OperatorsDesign Interactive, a Florida-based company, has developed a training system to make operators of X-Ray screening systems more efficient while also maintaining their accuracy, says the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, which funded and helped manage the work. S&T’s Office for Public Safety Research…

Contract Awards

AT&T Nabs FirstNet $7 Billion Nationwide Broadband Public Safety Network ContractThe Commerce Department and the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) on Thursday selected telecommunications giant AT&T Inc. [T] a $6.5 billion contract to build a nationwide wireless broadband network for use by first responders. FirstNet was established in 2012 to develop, build and operate the…

Business Opportunities

TSA to Issue Solicitation for Replacement Medium Speed EDS at Indy AirportThe Transportation Security Administration (TSA) around April 10 plans to issue a solicitation to purchase replacement medium-speed explosive detection systems (EDS) for an inline checked baggage inspection system at Indianapolis International Airport. The procurement is part of a recapitalization project for the airport. Sol.…