TSA Issues RFP for Reduced Size EDS

The Transportation Security Administration has issued a Request for Proposal for Reduced Size Explosive Detection Systems (RSEDS). The agency intends to deploy the systems with a lifespan of at least 15 years. The RSEDS systems are typically used in small to medium-size airports and can automatically screen about 80 checked bags an hour for explosives. Notice ID: 70T0421Q7672N004. Respond by Aug. 17. Contact: Shannon Welch, [email protected]


CBP Solicits for Mobile X-Ray Vans

Customs and Border Protection has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for mobile X-Ray vans under its Non-Intrusive Inspection program. The agency plans to establish an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract with one or more vendors as a result of the RFP. The X-Ray vans must provide top and side views of passenger baggage and parcels at U.S. land, air and seaports of entry to prevent the illegal entry of drugs, currency, weapons and agricultural products into the U.S. CBP says it will buy up to 60 units over five years at a value of $15.5 million total. Notice ID: 70B03C21R00000072. Respond by Aug. 19. Contact: Aga Frys, [email protected].

CISA Plans Industry Day

The Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency will host a virtual industry day on Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. CISA will provide insight into current and future challenges and give presentations on software vulnerability collaboration, next-generation network priority services, risk architecture and cyber risk reduction, supply chain, public-private partnership efforts on 5G security and resilience, zero-trust architecture, digital twin and more. To register: https://share.dhs.gov/fy21cisaindustryday/.

DoD Innovation Unit Partners with Global Watch to Combat IUU Fishing

The Defense Department’s Defense Innovation Unit and the non-profit organization Global Fishing Watch have initiated a new $150,000 prize competition to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing through the use of satellites to provide a view of global fishing activities. The xView3 Challenge is aimed at attracting developers that can exploit satellite-based synthetic aperture radar data to detect “dark vessels,” which don’t publicly broadcast their location or appear in public monitoring systems. The winning algorithms need to be able to automatically detect and characterize “dark vessels.” Coast Guard Vice Adm. Scott Buschman, deputy commandant for operations, said “IUU fishing undermines a nation’s sovereignty, threatens its economic security, and weakens global rules-based order.” The xView3 Challenge will provide competitors with one of the largest open-access maritime datasets derived from SAR satellites.