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HSR, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

Briefing

The Transportation Security Administration has awarded Smiths Detection a 30-month contract for additional IONSCAN 600 explosive trace detectors to recapitalize the existing ETD test bed. The value of the award, which includes a two-year warranty period, wasn’t disclosed. TSA says there are currently 165 ETDs in the air cargo test bed that are reaching their…

TSA Readying for Next Phase of CT at the Checkpoint Evaluations

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is getting ready to move into the next phase of demonstrations of advanced technology to screen carry-on bags after first evaluating the computed tomography (CT)-based scanners to understand operating concepts at airport passenger security checkpoints, says an agency official.The next phase of the evaluations will be to integrate the CT…

CBP Evaluating Biometric Technology at TSA Checkpoint

Expanding its evaluation of face recognition in the airport environment, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has deployed the technology to a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint at a U.S. airport for a data collection effort.The 30-day trial at TSA’s Terminal 7 international checkpoint at John F. Kennedy in New York involves using a camera stationed…

Leidos Protests DHS Biometric Database Award to Northrop Grumman

Leidos [LDOS] last week filed a protest with the government over the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) selection in late September of Northrop Grumman [NOC] to develop a new multimodal biometric database.Leidos filed its protest with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Oct. 10 and the agency has until Jan. 18, 2018 to render a…

Tech Developments

NNSA, New York City Partner on Dirty Bomb PreventionThe Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is working with New York City and the Washington-based Nuclear Threat Initiative on a new program intended to prevent terrorists from acquiring material for a radiological dispersal device, otherwise known as a dirty bomb. The partnership helps academic and…

Contract Awards

Peraton Nabs $578 Million TSA Logistics Contract For Security EquipmentThe Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has awarded Peraton a potential five-year $578 million contract to provide logistics support for the agency’s thousands of pieces of security equipment used at airports nationwide. Leidos [LDOS] was the incumbent contractor. Boeing [BA] and Germany’s Siemens in years past have…

Business Opportunities

Army Issues Work Statement for Afghan and Iraqi Biometric Identity SystemsThe U.S. Army has issued a Performance Work Statement for a pending acquisition of the Afghanistan Automated Biometric Identification System (AABIS) and the Iraq Automated Biometric Identification System (IABIS). The AABIS 2.0 will replace and upgrade the existing AABIS in Kabul, Afghanistan. IABIS will replace…