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HSR, July 26, 2017

Briefing

The Transportation Security Administration plans to award a contract to Smiths Detection for purchase the company’s IONSCAN 600 explosive trace detection units once they are approved under the Air Cargo Screening Technology List to meet the agency’s newest detection standards and air cargo requirements. The agency says the contract will address the requirements of its…

CBP Accepts Second IFT System for Deployment

Following successful completion of systems acceptance testing, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has deployed the Integrated Fixed Tower (IFT) system in an area of Arizona, marking the second deployment of the surveillance systems aimed at helping Border Patrol agents gain greater situational awareness of the U.S. border with Mexico.“We achieved this important milestone by working…

CBP, DHS S&T Assessing Drive-Through X-Ray Systems for Inbound and Outbound Traffic

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is working with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate are examining the potential for commercially-available drive-through vehicle inspection systems for deployment to inbound and outbound traffic, according to a report accompanying the House Appropriations Committee’s markup of the FY ’18 spending bill for DHS.“Such technology…

White House Initiating Comprehensive Biodefense Strategy, Official Says

The Trump administration will develop a comprehensive strategy to address biothreats to the U.S. whether natural or manmade, says the president’s senior advisor for homeland security issues.The strategy development will be coordinated by Tom Bossert, assistant to the President on Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, Bossert says at the recent Aspen Security Forum. He says that…

Tech Developments

CBP Deploys Biometric Exit Tech to O’Hare International AirportCustoms and Border Protection says that facial recognition technology for ongoing biometric exit evaluations has been deployed to Chicago O’Hare International Airport for select international flights. So far the technology has been deployed to airports in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Houston, with additional deployments planned for this…

Contract Awards

OSI Systems Awarded $20M for Spare PartsOSI Systems [OSIS] has received a $20 million award from a customer to provide spare parts to support its Z Backscatter cargo and vehicle inspection systems. The award was made on the final day of the company’s fourth quarter. The Z Backscatter product line was part of the acquisition…

Business Opportunities

CBP Issues RFI for Maintenance of NII and Rad Detection SystemsCustoms and Border Protection (CBP) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for corrective and preventative maintenance for large and small scale non-intrusive inspection gamma and X-Ray equipment, and radiation equipment. The work will be performed on the following original equipment manufacturer systems: Rapiscan Systems;…