DHS S&T branch issues RFIs for detecting bombs

DHS group wants to identify technologies to spot IEDs

The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) branch has issued separate Requests for Information (RFI) under the Standoff Technology Integration and Demonstration Program (STIDP) that was begun last year to test and demonstrate an integrated suite of technologies that could detect bombs at ranges beyond the lethal blast zone in (TR2, Sept. 3, Sept. 17, 2008).

Under the RFI titled First-Line Screening Sensors for Detection of Concealed Objects, S&T wants to identify parties or teams that have existing or prototype sensors that can detect concealed improvised explosives devices on moving individuals who wish to participate in a field test to evaluate the integration of first-line sensors with an overall concealed object detection architecture or system of systems. One example might be a network of metal detectors that could detect the presence of metallic fragmentation materials in an IED. First-line sensors would serve as a first layer of screening to identify persons of interest for subsequent screening by more advanced standoff detection systems

The second RFI is Video Management, Editing, and Analysis Tools, with the requirement being that sensor and surveillance camera video be generated, displayed, recorded, archived and mined over a network for key test parameters.

The STIDP is planning to conduct multiple field tests beginning in the summer or fall. First-Line Sol. No. RFI-09-11-STIDP-1stLine. Video Sol. No. RFI09-10- STIDP-VideoMgmnt. Responses to both due by March 13. Contact: Albert Dainton, contracting officer, 202-254-6371, albert.dainton@dhs.gov.