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Forget Fingerprints, Officials Can Track You All Kinds of Ways

September 16, 2014
By Rita Boland

Biometric identification moved past fingerprints long ago, and the range of modalities is helping the keepers of law and order make a big difference in several ways.

Personal Information is Ubiquitous in the Digital World

September 16, 2014
By Rita Boland

People often don’t know who has their information, how those groups are using it or even if it’s correct.

AroundMe App Identifies Nearby Businesses

September 16, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

Driving somewhere unfamiliar and in need of a gas station? Starving but not sure which restaurants are nearby? The free AroundMe app for iOS and Android identifies your location and shows you a complete list of nearby businesses in the category you select.

NGI Rolls Out, FBI Exploring More Biometrics

September 16, 2014
By Rita Boland

The FBI’s Next Generation Identification system went live last week, replacing the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System and improving accuracy.

DOD and VA Move Toward Joint Health Agency Monitoring System

September 15, 2014

ASM Research Incorporated, an Accenture Federal Services Company, Fairfax, Virginia, is being awarded a $7,723,444 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to develop and map Department of Defense/Department of Veterans Affairs Joint Centralized Credentials Quality Assurance System (JCCQAS). The contractor will develop a prototype to enable the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to uniformly manage credentialed healthcare providers using a single interagency system for the Defense Health Agency Defense Health Services Systems Clinical Support Division. The work to be performed includes preparing the environment for the JCCQAS application to support the JCCQAS prototype because the existing technical solution is not scalable and does not have the technical capacity to accommodate the large number of records associated with an interagency system. The Defense Health Agency, Falls Church, Virginia, is the contracting activity (HT0011-14-R-0032).

General Atomics Awarded Reaper Software Funds

September 15, 2014

General Atomics-Aeronautical Systems Incorporated, Poway, California, has been awarded a $40,906,190 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (0033) on contract FA8620-10-G-3038 for development of requirements description documents for the MQ-9 Reaper Block 1 Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and the MQ-9 Reaper Block 5 UAS with the 904.6.0 system/software release. Work will be performed in Poway, California, with an expected completion date of Sept. 8, 2017. This contract was a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal year 2012 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $40,906,190 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

Honeywell to Provide Aircraft Displays to Australia

September 15, 2014

Honeywell International Incorporated, Aerospace Defense & Space, Albuquerque, New Mexico, is being awarded a $15,711,691 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-13-C-0048) for the procurement of 197 advanced multi-purpose displays for the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G aircraft. This modification includes 80 5x5 FWD displays, 75 5x5 AFT displays and 8x10 displays, 52 FWD 5x5 displays, 48 5x5 AFT displays and 24 8x10 displays for the U.S. Navy, and 28 5x5 FWD displays, 27 5x5 AFT displays and 18 8x10 displays for the government of Australia. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy ($9,747,064; 62 percent) and the government of Australia ($5,964,627; 38 percent) under the foreign military sales program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

New Zealand Firm Provides Mini Demolition Remote Firing Device

September 15, 2014

MAS Zengrange Ltd., Wellington, New Zealand, is being awarded a $9,678,000 modification to previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00174-12-D-0009) to exercise option year two for additional transmitters, receivers and expendable XrX receivers for the mini-demolition remote firing device. Work will be performed in Wellington, New Zealand, and is expected to be completed by September 2015. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, Indian Head, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Air Force Modifies Large Aircraft Countermeasures Contract

September 15, 2014

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Rolling Meadows, Illinois, has been awarded a $27,988,682 modification (P00078) to previously awarded contract FA8625-12-C-6598 for the Large Aircraft Infrared Counter Measures C-130 Group A Kits and Installations. The contractor will provide the kits and the associated installations to 28 C-130 aircraft (11 AC-130H, 12 MC-130U, and five EC-130J). Work will be performed at Crestview, Florida, and is expected to be completed by April 30, 2017. Fiscal 2014 and 2012 overseas contingency operations funds in the amount of $27,988,682 are being obligated at the time of award. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

 

Northrop to Research Atmospheric Effects on Radio Frequency Propagation

September 15, 2014

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, California, has been awarded a $30 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the W/V-band Satellite Communications Experiment program. Contractor will conduct research to increase knowledge and understanding of atmospheric effects on radio frequency signal propagation. Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, is the contracting activity (FA9453-14-D-0255).

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