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Percepto Autonomous Drone Solution Assessed in U.S. Operational Experimentation Program

Percepto revealed that it has participated in an operational experimentation program with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Science and Technology Directorate in collaboration with the U.S. Army. Percepto was invited to participate in the program to evaluate the ability of autonomous drones to perform intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations and to confirm the presence of adversary assets.

Free Active Shooter, Small Business Security Program At ASIS Dallas 2017

ASIS International announced the agenda for its free Security Cares program, which will be held during its 63rd ASIS International Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2017), Sept. 25-28 in Dallas, TX. This security education program for small/medium-sized businesses/institutions —including houses of worship, hospitals/clinics, schools, retailers, and restaurants, as well as community leaders, law enforcement, and first responders— will tap into the expertise of the more than 20,000 security professionals attending ASIS 2017 by offering free training on the fundamentals of security prevention and preparedness.

DHS Awards XTec Contested $103 Million Biometric ID Contract

The Homeland Security Department has switched vendors for a deal inked last September to update an employee badge system with advanced biometric verification features, such as face and iris scans, officials announced late Friday.  DHS originally awarded the $102 million contract to HP Enterprise Services on Sept. 27, 2013, but in November the department notified the Government Accountability Office that it was reevaluating the award after XTec, which had previously provided software for the project, argued  that "the agency did not reasonably evaluate proposals," Ralph White, GAO managing associate general counsel, told Nextgov last month in an email. The value of the new contract, over an anticipated 10-year timeline, will remain the same, Homeland Security officials say. DHS awarded the new contract to XTec Inc., on Feb. 28, officials said in a filing  on FedBizOps.gov, a website for federal business opportunities.  Homeland Security last month temporarily extended  XTec’s expiring contract for one year while reassessing technologies proposed by XTec, HP and other technology firms.  In recent years, GAO attorneys had twice dismissed challenges to contracts brought by XTec. In November 2011, the credentialing firm was unsuccessful in  contesting an award to Secure Mission Solutions for a Secret Service access control and visitor management system. Later that month, XTec lost a  protest  against an order for HP technology to support a General Services Administration system that issued and maintained ID cards for employees governmentwide.  Following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the government required that all federal employees carry biometric ID badges […]

Las Vegas Installs 37 DHS Surveillance Cameras On The Strip

What happens in Vegas… is now recorded by cameras provided by the Department of Homeland Security. All along the storied Las Vegas Strip, 37 surveillance cameras watch and record every movement. Such an expensive purchase might surprise citizens of Sin City given that the Metropolitan Police Department is in the middle of a hiring freeze […]

DHS And NASA JPL Deliver New Technology To Help Save More Lives

The Department of Homeland Security has issued a press release about new radar-based technology that it developed jointly with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab to help first responders find more survivors buried in rubble in a disaster. The press release appears below: A new radar-based technology named Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response (FINDER) has […]