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US to spend USD 50 mn on aerial photography

US: The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering spending up to USD 50 million to hire as many as four contractors to provide “aerial remote sensing” services. The services will include taking photos from airborne sensors of homeland security missions and emergency incidents, processing those images and disseminating them throughout the department.

The chosen vendors will be asked to collect aerial imagery using digital cameras in what are known as “vertical” or “oblique” renditions to support emergency and non-emergency incidents nationwide. These airborne images are essential for homeland defense missions, such as planning for National Special Security Events (Super Bowls or a national political conventions come to mind); enhancing border, port and airport security; as well as performing critical infrastructure inventories and assessments.

“Particularly, post-incident imagery and LiDAR processed for use in GIS systems are a critical component of rapid damage assessment, debris estimation, logistics, and other essential services that are vital to the management of emergency incidents by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regional offices, joint field offices and by state and local government,” explained a statement of work released by the DHS.

“The firm shall have demonstrated procedures and tools to ensure imagery can be acquired, processed and delivered in 48 hours or less and the ability to support simultaneous missions in multiple geographic locations,” explained a solicitation issued by the DHS office of procurement operations.

The chosen firms will have demonstrated their ability to distribute “processed orthophotography” via high performance data transfer techniques that use Web services or secure Cloud services, which comply with the Open Geospatial Consortium, stated the DHS solicitation.

Interested vendors have until Feb. 21 to submit their proposals to DHS.

Source: www.gsnmagazine.com