As a response to the UK terror plot, the Science & Technology directorate of DHS posted this request for information on FedBizOpps.gov today:
In support of the ongoing effort by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Defense (DoD), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the Department of Energy (DOE), as well as the DOE National Laboratories and the commercial sector, it is DHS’s goal to investigate any and all potential detection technologies that may assist in the identification of explosive and flammable liquids.
In order to exhaust the list of technologies that are already being investigated and to enhance the opportunities for non-traditional vendors, the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) of DHS is seeking potential sources of Bottle Screening Devices capable of detecting and distinguishing explosive and flammable liquids from benign liquids (drinks, lotions, hygiene products, contact lens solutions, etc.).
The anticipated application of these devices is screening bottles or other containers at passenger checkpoints, which will require the devices to have a 200 bottle per hour minimum throughput and must meet a minimum technology readiness level (TRL) of 5 or greater. This means that the basic technological components are integrated with reasonably realistic supporting elements so it can be tested in a simulated environment….
The deadline for the RFI is September 12th.