DHS Awards $1M to California Small Business for Soft Targets and Crowded Places Security Solutions
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program recently awarded $999,644.84 to California-based small business Karagozian & Case, Inc. to develop an advanced software capability that enables security professionals to view their environment through a mobile device to identify and mitigate threats toward soft target and crowded places. The research will support ongoing work by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to address security and preparedness in places such as sports venues, shopping venues, schools, and transportation systems.
DHS S&T Tests Innovative Air Domain Awareness Technology
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is evaluating cutting-edge air domain awareness technologies to support DHS’s mission to protect the airspace along our northern border with Canada. Working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Department of Defense, and the Federal Aviation Administration to develop requirements and testing criteria, S&T’s National Urban Security Technology Laboratory led a test team that also included the Montana National Guard, Northern Plains UAS Test Site, and MITRE.
DHS Awards $750K to Texas Small Business for Urban Detection and Identification of small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program awarded $750,000 to Texas-based small business Cobalt Solutions Inc. to develop a detection and tracking sensor system that can identify nefarious small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in an urban environment. The DHS SBIR Program selected Cobalt Solutions Inc. for a Phase II award after they successfully demonstrated the feasibility of their 5G Passive Radar UAS Tracking and Targeting (5G-PRT) sensor system.
Safely Handling Drones – S&T Has an App for That!
Keeping Department of Homeland Security (DHS) personnel safe on the job is a crucial part of the Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) mission. Nearly every day, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents come across drones that may have been used to facilitate the movement of illicit drugs or people across the southern border.
DHS S&T Launches Series 3 of Virtual Whole-of-Government R&D Showcase
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) launched the third installment of the Virtual Whole-of-Government R&D Showcase. This unique four-part series highlights how S&T and its partners across government are mobilizing research and development (R&D) teams to reduce risks from natural and human-induced disasters; accelerating breakthrough discoveries; and helping the nation prepare against future threats and unknowns.
DHS S&T Brings Next-Generation Incident Command System
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is joining forces with the non-profit Beacon NGO to advance open source software capabilities for public safety. Under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), Beacon NGO will analyze open source code for S&T’s Next-Generation Incident Command System (NICS) and deliver it to a larger emergency response community.
DHS S&T Calls for Submissions to Biometric Tech Rally
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) invites biometric technology developers to apply to participate in the 2021 Biometric Technology Rally. Started in 2018, the Biometric Technology Rally challenges industry to deliver fast, accurate, and easy-to-use biometric recognition capabilities to improve security and user facilitation at checkpoint processing.
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 […]