DHS Is Prepared to Spend Big on Wearable Radiation Detectors

The Department of Homeland Security needs at least 26 wearable radiation detection systems, possibly worth a total of $24 million, the agency has announced.

The devices will notify wearers -- initially in the Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection and Transportation Security Administration -- when radiation is present and identify the radioisotope of the detected material.

The department hopes this isotope information will help it to determine quickly whether to issue broader alerts.

Called human portable tripwires, the devices will sound an alarm if they detect significant amounts of nuclear material and communicate the results in real time. The Coast Guard system must meet additional maritime requirements.

The program is part of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office’s layered approach to security, according to DHS spokesman S.Y. Lee, who describes the project as "an effort to procure and deploy small, lightweight personal radiation detection devices that help detect and identify potential illicit radiological and nuclear materials."

The nuclear-detection office, which is responsible for outfitting all DHS components with wearable radiation detectors, last year hosted an industry day to answer contractors’ questions about the requirements and has since issued several requests for information from industry.

The recently posted request for proposals is for an indefinite quantity-indefinite delivery contract or contracts. The term is for one base year and an option to extend for four additional years. The procurements are not expected to exceed $24 million, the notice said.

Reprinted with permission from Nextgov.com. The original story can be found here.

July 14, 2014
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The Department of Homeland Security needs at least 26 wearable radiation detection systems, possibly worth a total of $24 million, the agency has announced.

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