Four Years After 9/11, TSA Still Wrestling With Jurassic Technology
Nearly four years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Homeland Security Department is still coming to grips with the massive mission it's been handed. While the department this week has contributed resources to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina,...
"In the trace portal pilot program under way in at least 30 airports, passengers walk through portals similar to the walk-through metal detectors. Puffs of air are blown at passengers, and samples are then collected and analyzed for explosives. The TSA is committed to spending about $100 million on the technology through the end of fiscal 2006."
It appears that the solicitation was issued in August of 2004, so my GUESS is that it is - that this is the portal grant that IMX has discussed since last fall. If I recall correctly, the deadline for submitting proposals was extended several times from last fall to winter and into this year. Again, just a guess on my part, though.
j6proulx: Yep, I think you're right because we have a match in the solitication number. It has to be that RFP that was delayed 5 times by the TSA, and IMX has been waiting to hear about since January. Very cool that IMX received MORE money than Smiths for the SAME thing. They like us, we won, it's the tech! Good for IMX. TSA seems to be waking up under new leadership. Maybe we'll hear about the benchtop soon.
"FedBizOpps/Commerce Business Daily - 08/16/2004
"Classification: Research and Development Type: Procurement Subtype: Services Agency: DHS - Border and Transportation Security. Transportation Security Administration. Headquarters TSA. 601 S. 12th Street TSA-25 4th Floor, Arlington, VA, 22202 Title: PROJECT ATLANTIC-2
Solicitation Number: HSTS-04-04-R-RED207 Due: 09/13/04 Point of Contact: Lattia Baker, Contract Specialist, Phone 571.227.3549, Fax 571.227.1948, Email Lattia.Baker@dhs.gov - Susan Eicher, Contracting Officer, Phone 571-227-3727, Fax 571-227-2913, Email email@example.com The Government has a need to develop and deploy a device to discreetly and safely screen persons at checkpoints. The Government intends to award one or more contracts for the development of a whole body, non-contact explosives detection device for screening persons entering airport checkpoints. The successful Offeror will deliver and install one (1) prototype device, conduct training, and provide supporting maintenance."