Savi Only Contractor on Final Option for DoD RFID-IV Contract

Savi says it will continue to be the single provider for the Defense Department’s RFID-IV contract in the final option year, which ends on April 7, 2019. Savi says that for the final option year of the award, it is introducing a lighter, easier-to-maintain, portable, deployment kit with state of the art electronics. Under the original $102 million RFID-IV contract, Savi provides DoD, other agencies and allied partners with hardware, software and integration services, including RFID sensors, readers, and real-time location systems for asset tracking and in-transit visibility for locating and monitoring assets worldwide. The company says that over the course of all four RFID contracts, which had a combined ceiling of more than $800 million, it won more than 95 percent of all awards. The final option on the RFID-IV contract follows a multi-million dollar award the company announced earlier in May from a government military contractor to provide active RFID technology for last tactical mile visibility of military assets. The company is providing its ISO reader boards, which can detect aRFID-tagged assets up to 300 feet award and relay data to the appropriate information management systems. Subcontractors to Savi on the contract include Evanhoe and Associates, Northrop Grumman [NOC], Zebra, Honeywell [HON], Orbcomm, NAL Research, Synnex, BlueStar and others.

Excella on $300M BPA for Agile Services

Excella says it has received a potential $300 million Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) from the Department of Homeland Security to provide agile services for the implementation of next-generation web-based applications. DHS selected 10 companies to compete for work under the Services for Enabling Agile Delivery (SEAD) BPA, which runs for five years and calls for awardees to provide coaching for Agile delivery across the department and its components. “This award will drive DHS’s adoption of Agile principles and practices to further modernize its digital strategy,” says Dave Neuman, partner at Excella. The other awardees include Alethix, LLC, Ardent Management Consulting Inc., Favor Techconsulting, LLC, Genesis Consulting Partners, LLC, Halvik Corp., Net Esolutions Corp., Celerity Government Solutions, LLC, and Octo Consulting Group, Inc.

TSA Awards Small Contracts for AT/CT Qualification; Plans Algorithms Awards Too

The Transportation Security Administration says it plans to award five contracts to companies that are developing either Advanced Technology (AT) or Computed Tomography (CT)-based checkpoint baggage scanners in support of the AT/CT qualification process. So far, the agency has awarded $600,000 contracts to Analogic [ALOG], Integrated Defense & Security Solutions (IDSS), L3 Technologies [LLL] and ScanTech for continued work on a new qualification process called AT/CT. TSA says it also plans to award a contract to Smiths Detection. In a separate announcement, TSA says it plans to award contract modifications to Analogic, IDSS, L3 and Smiths Detection for increased algorithm development support to further mature CT systems for checkpoint use.

Ethiopian Railway Awards Smiths Detection Contract for Scanning Systems

Smiths Detection says it has received a contract from Ethiopian Railways Corp. to provide a range of scanning systems for use at 16 stations on a new railway link between Addis Ababa and the port at Djibouti. The value of the award wasn’t disclosed. Smiths says it will provide 39 scanners for screening hand baggage, luggage and cargo. “This train link is expected to be hugely beneficial to the development of industry in Ethiopia and we are privileged to have the opportunity to help protect such a strategically significant route,” says Tony Tielen, vice president, EMEA at Smiths Detection. “It is our most significant railway security contract to date and demonstrates how we are continuing to strengthen our position in the urban security sector.” The systems being supplied include 18 HI-SCAN 6040i, 12 HI-SCAN 9075HR, and nine HI-SCAN 145180-2is. Delivery and installation are slated for this June and July.