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DHS S&T Seeking Technologies for Protecting Soft Targets, Crowded Places

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DHS S&T Seeking Technologies for Protecting Soft Targets, Crowded Places

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate is seeking technology solutions to help mitigate threats to soft targets and crowded places.

DHS defines soft targets and crowded places as locations that are easily accessible to large numbers of people and have limited security measures. Such locations include schools, sports venues, transportation systems, shopping venues, bars and restaurants, hotels, places of worship, tourist attractions, theaters and civic spaces.

DHS is soliciting technology solutions through its Silicon Valley Innovation Program under the “Securing Soft Targets” topic call, S&T said Wednesday.

SVIP is an effort to provide the homeland security community access to the latest advancements in commercial research and development.

The directorate is specifically seeking tools that can accurately detect a broad range of anomalies in a variety of soft target sites.

Another focus area is video analytics technologies that can help address challenges brought about by occlusion, lighting and distance.

Finally, S&T hopes to acquire systems that use appropriate application-specific integrated circuits to ensure high performance. 

Ali Fadel, S&T’s physical security program manager, said the directorate wants tools that can serve as force multipliers, noting that “it is impossible for first responders to be everywhere at all times.”

SVIP Managing Director Melissa Oh added that DHS has worked to protect soft targets since its inception. 

Applicants have two chances to respond to the Other Transaction Solicitation. The first deadline is on April 28, while the second is on Aug. 9. S&T will hold a virtual industry day on March 22 to discuss the solicitation.

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