Smiths Detection Wins $125M Security Contract for Abu Dhabi Airport
Smiths Detection says it has won a potential $125 million contract to provide scanning technology for checked baggage and passenger checkpoint security at Abu Dhabi Airport’s new Midfield Terminal Building project. Under the contract, one of the company’s largest single airport orders, Smiths will supply HI-SCAN 10080 XCT high-speed explosives detection systems, various HI-SCAN EDtS X-Ray systems and HI-SCAN 130130T-2is X-Ray freight and pallet scanners for hold baggage screening. For passenger baggage, the company will supply its HI-SCAN 7555aTiX X-Ray systems that features automatic explosives and liquid detection, HI-SCAN 100100T-2is X-Ray systems for oversized baggage, HI-SCAN 180180-2is X-Ray units, handheld RadSeeker radiation detector and identifiers, and bottled liquid scanners. “This contract win highlights our success in supplying advanced, integrated security solutions that meet the operational needs of our customers while delivering long-term value,” says Richard Ingram, president of Smiths Detection. “We look forward to consolidating our already close partnership with such an important and rapidly expanding hub airport.” Smiths Detection is part of Smiths Group.
Knowledge Consulting Group Nabs $29 CDM Task Order
The General Services Administration (GSA) has awarded Knowledge Consulting Group (KCG) a $29.1 million task order for Phase One, 2A under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) Program. Under the award, KCG will integrate tools, sensors and Continuous Monitoring as a Service capabilities for DHS and its components. The company will provide technology solutions from its partners, Intel Security, ForeScout and Splunk. Intel Security is the former McAfee software security company acquired by Intel [INTC]. “This task order initiates the services component of the CDM program,” says Matt Brown, vice president of Homeland Security and Cyber Solutions for KCG. “This is a major step in the program as DHS works to solidify the networks of its component agencies. We are proud to be the first vendor selected by DHS and GSA to implement the technologies and services required to deliver CDM functionality off of this critical vehicle. This will serve as a guide for future CMaaS programs at agencies across the government.” Under the CDM program, federal departments and agencies will manage their information networks through strategically sourced tools and services, improving their ability to strengthen the security posture of these networks. KCG’s teammates for the task order include GovPlace, Defense Point Security, IBM [IBM], Cloudburst Security Systems, Knight Point Systems, Axxum Technologies, and Ardent Management Consulting.
L-3 Receives Two TSA Task Orders for EDS Systems at Multiple Airports
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has awarded L-3 Communications [LLL] two task orders under an existing contract for the installation and networking of eXaminer 6700 and eXaminer 6700 Enhanced Speed medium-speed explosive detection systems (EDS) at multiple airports. The value of the task orders was redacted by TSA in documents it provided on FedBizOpps.gov. Under one task order, it appears L-3 will install and network its EDS systems at eight airports although the names of all but one, Sacramento International, are redacted. Under the other order, it appears the company will also do work at eight airports but the locations, save Southwest Florida International, are redacted. The awards are being made with FY ’15 funding.
OSI Systems Wins $11M Order for RTT EDS Systems
OSI Systems [OSIS] says its Rapiscan Systems division has received an $11 million order from an international customer to provide multiple Real Time Tomography (RTT) 110 explosive detection systems (EDS). The name of the customer wasn’t disclosed. The company developed the fixed-gantry EDS, which is capable of automatically detecting explosives at up to 1,800 bags per hour, for hold baggage screening applications in airports. The system has passed the European Civil Aviation Conference’s hold baggage screening EDS Standard 3 threat detection requirement.
Navy Awards Serco $42M for ID Card Administration
The Navy Personnel Command has awarded Serco, Inc. a potential $42 million task order to provide Identification Card Administration at 67 military sites globally. Under the task order Serco will deliver program management requirements and will staff field offices throughout the U.S. and Guam. The task order was awarded under the SeaPort-e contract vehicle with 12 teams bidding on the potential four year award. Serco was the incumbent. Under the previous award in 2009, SERCO provided services to more than 4 million customers and issued more over 1.5 million Common Access Cards.
Northrop Grumman Wins $74M to Protect DISA-Managed Network
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has awarded Northrop Grumman [NOC] a nearly $74 million, four-year task order to continue its role in the Acropolis and Sensor Operations Program, which protects DISA-managed networks (DoD Information Network) from cyber attacks and provides global cyber situational awareness for the networks, the company says. The new task order contract was awarded under the Encore II Information Technology Solutions indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract. The program was formerly known as Centaur. The contract provides operational services that support DISA’s overarching Acropolis mission. “The DISA Acropolis mission is critical to national security,” says Shawn Purvis, vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman’s cyber division. “This massive global network must operate 24/7, be resilient and ready to identify and eliminate formidable threats.” The Acropolis program was created in 2009 by the DISA Program Executive Office Missions Assurance and NetOps Directorate to defend the precursor do the DoD Information Network, the Global Information Grid. Acropolis was originally designed to provide a view of global traffic on the NIPRNet and SIPRNet while creating and environment to defend DoD Enterprise Services.
DoD Awards Decision Sciences $2M for Portable Scanner
Decision Sciences International Corp. (DSIC) has received a 26-month, $2.1 million contract from the Defense Department’s Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office to build a new type of portable electronics scanner for threat detection. Under the contract DSIC will deliver an integrated prototype product to detect small amounts of explosives materials within portable electronic devices such as mobile phones and laptop computers. The company will use its proprietary algorithms developed for its passive scanning technology, which uses naturally occurring cosmic ray muons and electrons to scan larger volumes such as trucks and maritime security scanners. DSIC says the prototype will safely, quickly and automatically detect, identify and locate potential threat within portable electronic devices. “This contract builds upon the revolutionary technology inherent in our proven Multi-Mode Passive Detection System (MMPDS) and advances our groundbreaking product suite across industries and applications, now including the scanning of portable electronics,” says Gene Ray, CEO of DSIC. The company’s MMPDS is commercially deployed, including at the Freeport Container Port in the Bahamas.
Oman Deploys SITA Border Management Systems
Oman has deployed border management systems from SITA to facilitate visitor movement and streamline its visa and residence permit processes. SITA is deploying an iBorders solution that includes risk assessment of traveler data from air and cruise lines, a comprehensive border control systems used at immigration checkpoints across Oman, a complete eVisa solution and a centralized Visitor Information System. “SITA is providing Oman with a fully integrated border management solution, as well as the tools to manage, monitor and operate its borders effectively,” says Hani El-Assaad, SITA president for Middle East, India & Africa. “This will enable them to provide the highest quality experience at the first point of contact for its visitors, and will be flexible to facilitate future growth.” The company’s iBorders solution will be deployed at 28 airports, seaports and land border crossings, as well as more than 15 regional offices and more than 50 Omani embassies and consulates worldwide.
ArdentMC Receives DHS Task Order for Geospatial Technical Support Services
Ardent Management Consulting says it has received another task order under the $98 million multiple award Geospatial Technical Support Services Blanket Purchase Agreement. The latest task order is for geospatial architecture development support, which promotes efforts to evaluate and improve the information sharing capabilities of first responders throughout the U.S. By developing a maturity model for first responder capabilities, DHS will be able to help first responders measure and evolve these capabilities and leverage department funding to support continuous improvement for state and local governments.
HBC Management Wins $61M Contract for Guard Services in Northern Jersey
HBC Management Services has received a $61.4 million contract from the Department of Homeland Security Federal Protective Service to provide protective security officer services at federal facilities in Northern New Jersey. The Hawaii-based company provides professional, security, information systems and facilities management services.