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Capability for the Tracking of Any and Every Person within a Security Perimeter

Description:

For details, please refer to the solicitation details located at FedBizOpps website.

As a person undergoes security screening, he or she is typically positively identified through a credential check only once at the entrance to a security perimeter.  Subsequent to that one credential check, it is difficult, if not impossible, to definitively associate any other cues; e.g., behavioral or physiological, with specific individuals once they have passed through that checkpoint.

As the Science and Technology Directorate investigates the use of distributed screening (screening of persons for an extended period of time within a security perimeter rather than once and only once at a single checkpoint), it will be necessary to be able to associate specific behavioral and physiological cues detected remotely through other means/with other sensors, and which may be potentially diagnostic of malintent (the intent to cause harm to our country or its citizens), with specific individuals with a very high degree of confidence and accuracy.  The proposed method of tracking should not be dependent on commonly accepted biometric identifiers (i.e., facial recognition) in order to ensure that the proper safeguarding of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) does not become an issue.  Nor should the system be designed around Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. This requires that a capability be developed that enables the continuous tracking of individuals, without their active cooperation, in crowded environments so that cues detected through other remote sensors can be accurately and unambiguously assigned to specific persons being screened.   

At the end of Phase I, it is desired that the performer be able to show that the proposed technology is feasible, low-cost, networkable – potentially in a distributed array – and is safe for use on humans.  This may require the use of preexisting, commercial-off-the-shelf items that have been previously demonstrated or otherwise certified to be safe for use on human subjects.

PHASE I: At the end of Phase I, the performer will deliver and demonstrate a small-scale, proof-of-concept/prototype capability that is reliable, low cost, networkable, and reconfigurable and which can serve as the foundation of a larger scale capability.

PHASE II: At the end of Phase II, the performer will be able to demonstrate and deliver a prototype of a larger scale tracking capability based on the Phase I deliverable that can accurately and continuously track at least one individual in an environment that is representative of an operational security screening setting.  It is also highly desirable that the capability be able to detect other cues potentially diagnostic of malintent; e.g., gait, remotely.

PHASE III: COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS: In Phase III, it is envisioned that the performer will be able to track multiple individuals (three to five) in a crowded environment; e.g., critical infrastructure (such as a national monument, major sports stadium, or power generation plant) or a shopping mall (for the purposes of retail security/theft prevention).

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