• The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate intends to hold a virtual industry day next week seeking solutions to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo credit: U.S. Army
     The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate intends to hold a virtual industry day next week seeking solutions to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo credit: U.S. Army

DHS to Hold Virtual Industry Day for COVID-19 Solutions

August 12, 2020
Posted by George I. Seffers
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The department seeks commercially-available technologies.


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is seeking groundbreaking solutions to address current and future operational needs.

S&T issued the Emerging Needs: Covid-19 Response & Future Mitigation topic call through its Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP). A Virtual Industry Day will be held August 18, 2020, 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time to discuss the solicitation.

The topic call is seeking commercially available technology solutions to address the following pandemic-related needs: Testing and validation to ensure data privacy standards across contact tracing apps; video analytics for self-service Transportation Security Administration checkpoints; rapid sanitization of large surfaces; data aggregation across authoritative and non-authoritative sources; and enhanced point-of-entry screening methods at DHS facilities.

Department of Homeland Security staff will discuss mission challenges, technology needs and doing business with SVIP. Speakers include: Melissa Oh, SVIP managing director; Anil John, SVIP technical director; John Fortune, Screening at Speed program manager; Teresa Quitugua, deputy director, National Biosurveillance Integration Center; and William Pharis and Kevin Grottle, both program managers, DHS S&T.

Attendees can register for the event at: https://sri-csl.regfox.com/svip-covid19-industryday. To view the solicitation, application and FAQs, click here.

For additional information about SVIP and eligibility requirements, visit: https://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/svip.

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