Iraq Airport Orders Z Portal, Parcel Inspection Systems from AS&E

American Science and Engineering [ASEI] says it has received an order for Iraq’s Najaf International Airport for a Z Portal cargo screening system and multiple Gemini parcel inspection systems. The award also includes a five-year contract for continuing support by AS&E. The value of the order wasn’t disclosed. AS&E says that when these systems are combined they will provide the airport with the ability to scan incoming vehicles and baggage for weapons, vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices, drugs, and other threats and contraband. “Passengers and freight forwarders are increasingly turning to Najaf Airport for their international air travel and shipping requirements,” says Sheikh Faed Al-Shimary, director general of Najaf Airport Authority. “We chose AS&E’s comprehensive detection solutions because they provide rapid inspection of vehicles and carry-on luggage in a high-security and high-traffic environment while ensuring the flow of passengers and commerce, and because it is well-known in our region for delivering exceptional, responsive customer service.” AS&E worked with its distributor ASJ to secure the order.

DHS Awards Stevens Institute $3M for Counter UAS Research

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) branch has awarded Stevens Institute of Technology a two-year, $3 million task order to conduct research into counter unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Stevens is a research lead under the Maritime Security Center Univ. Center of Excellence that is managed by S&T.

FPS Awards CSMI $9M for Mobile Command Vehicles

The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service (FPS) has awarded CSMI, LLC a $9.3 million contract for continued support of the agency’s fleet of mobile command vehicles. The vehicles support the FBP mission through on-site platforms for command, control and communications during terrorist attacks, natural disasters, national special security events, and other similar occurrences. CSMI performs rapid deployment of mobile command vehicles to any locations in the Continental U.S. where the communications infrastructure is inadequate or has been disrupted, or where enhanced interoperability among law enforcement agencies is needed.

Leidos Receives $3M Task Order under EDS Support Contract

Leidos [LDOS] has received a $2.8 million task order from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) under an existing $12 million contract to provide a range of technical and engineering services to the agency for the company’s CT-80DR explosive detection systems deployed at some airports in the U.S. The task order covers upgrade kits for testing and optional kits for initial deployment upon successful testing. The CT-80 is a reduced-size EDS for use in small airports.

GD to Deploy Next-Gen 911 System to Fairfax County

General Dynamics [GD] says its Information Technology business unit has received a contract from Fairfax County, Va., to develop, deploy, maintain and support a Next Generation 9-1-1 solution, enabling the county to accept and route emergency 911 information from a variety of sources and provides much improved capabilities for cooperative processing and resource sharing between the five location primary answering points in the county. The value of the contract wasn’t disclosed. GD will replace Fairfax’ legacy emergency call-handling system with a secure, IP-based NG9-1-1system that permits emergency service requests from existing public networks through new and emerging modes of communication and devices. The system will provide additional mapping capabilities using Geographic Information Systems data for caller locations and integrate incoming 9-1-1 texts and 9-1-1 voice calls under one unified platform. The current plan calls for completing the upgrade in 2016. Fairfax County’s Department of Public Safety Communications is managing the project. GD says it has launched more than 50 E911 systems into service and has deployed a similar solution for Morgan County, Ohio.