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Safe Standoff Detection of Bulk Explosives on a Person


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The Explosives Division of the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate seeks ideas and technologies for the safe detection of bulk explosives on a person at a standoff distance.  There is significant need for the ability to detect and chemically identify concealed explosives on or carried by a person.  These technologies could be deployed at mass transit locations, national security event checkpoints, or other checkpoints.  Therefore the technology needs to scan a large amount of people in a short time at a significant standoff distance between the detector and the person being considered.  This is not a request for anomaly detection techniques, rather methods to detect the presence of explosives themselves.  In addition, this is not a request for trace explosives detection that may be present on the outside of the clothing or bag.  Identification of the explosives can greatly assist response teams and venue authorities to mitigate a detection alarm quickly and safely.  The desired technology must be safe to use on humans with limited ionizing radiation and no possible negative health effects.  The technology should be able to penetrate outer layers of clothing or carried bags (such as a purse or backpack). Technologies should also detect ounces of explosive material.  Explosives of interest include commercial, military, and homemade explosives (in particular peroxide based).  Ideally the technology will detect the presence of explosives concealed on a person and carried in a bag.  Specifically, methods that rely on differentials between the human body and a threat will not be applicable. 

PHASE I: Efforts will use theoretical and/or empirical data to determine if the proposed detection method is feasible.  A successful Phase I effort will result in a proof of concept of the proposed detection technique with theoretical and/or experimental data to support this conclusion.  The concept must be proven or within reasonable estimations proven before a Phase II award will be considered.

PHASE II: Efforts will develop, demonstrate and deliver a breadboard (TRL 3-4) prototype of the technology.  A successful technology should detect an appropriate explosive simulant material with reasonable accuracy and specificity. 

PHASE III: COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS: Efforts will develop and design an advanced prototype (TRL 5-6) for piloting in a structured crowd environment.  This pilot supports the Detect program with applications to surface transportation and various DHS checkpoint environments.  If a Phase III contract is awarded, a prototype will be delivered after government acceptance testing.

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