Attachment 1 TSA OPS RFI and e-Industry Day Announcement.pdf


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OPS RFI and Industry Day: TSA25-04-03475

Transportation Security Administration

Request for Information (RFI) and e-Industry Day Announcement

Requirements and Capabilities Analysis (RCA) Office/ On-Person Screening Capabilities

Table of Contents

General Information 3

Subject 3

Introduction 3

Agency Name 3

Program Information 3

Background 3

Objectives for OPS 5

Enhanced Detection Performance and Throughput 6

Footwear Screening 7

3.3 Material Discrimination 8

Improved Data Visualization 9

Synthetic Data Creation 10

New Countermeasure Systems/Processes 11

Responses to this RFI 12

Disclaimer 13

Vendor Submission of Responses and Contact Information 13

Review of Vendor Responses 13

List of Acronyms 14


2.0 Purpose 15

3.0 Event Description 15

4.0 Draft Agenda 16

5.0 Required Criteria for Attendance 16

6.0 Requirements to Attendance 16

List of Figures
Figure 1: Example Avatar Rendering for Anomaly Detection 6
Figure 2: Current Standard TSA Checkpoint Design 11

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List of Tables
Table 1: Threshold Performance Criteria for Enhanced Detection & Throughput 7
Table 2: Objective Performance Criteria for Enhanced Detection & Throughput 7
Table 3: Threshold Performance Criteria for Footwear Screening 8
Table 4: Objective Performance Criteria for Footwear Screening 8

Industry Day Registration

Important Dates

July 22, 2020, 5PM EDT

Submission Requirements
3 representatives and entrance
criteria – See
N/A- See

Industry Day

July 29, 2020

Response to RFI and
Submission of Industry Day

August 14, 2020, 3PM EDT

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1.0 General Information

1.1 Subject

Request for Information (RFI) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Transportation
Security Administration (TSA) Requirements and Capabilities Analysis (RCA) office regarding
On-Person Screening (OPS) capabilities for TSA programs and initiatives.

1.2 Introduction

The Requirements, Human Performance, and Engineering Division (RHPED) within the TSA’s
RCA is conducting market research to determine if there are current or future technologies for
delivering solutions for OPS applications.

This RFI is issued solely for market research, information, and planning purposes; it does not
constitute a Request for Proposal (RFP) or any commitment or intent to issue an RFP or Broad
Agency Announcement (BAA). The RFI does not commit the TSA to contract for any supply or
service. The TSA is not seeking proposals at this time. Responders are advised that the TSA will
not pay any costs incurred in response to this RFI. All costs associated with responding to the
RFI will be solely at the interested party’s expense. Not responding to this RFI does not preclude
participation in any future RFP or BAA.

The information provided in this RFI is subject to change and is not binding on the TSA. All
submissions become the property of the TSA and will not be returned. Additionally, it should be
noted that the TSA is requesting information on this topic to identify various solutions for
passenger screening that are currently available or being developed.

The TSA is interested in information from all parties, including manufacturers as well as those
researching system components and subsystems.

1.3 Agency Name

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
601 12th Street S., Arlington, VA 20598

1.4 Program Information

RFI Number: TSA25-04-03475
Program Name: On-Person Screening
Managing Program Office: Requirements and Capabilities Analysis

2.0 Background

The mission of the TSA is to protect the nation’s transportation system to ensure freedom of
movement for people and commerce. To achieve its mission, TSA must ensure that its security
screening checkpoints are both effective and efficient. The critical aspect of checkpoint
screening is making sure that all individuals seeking entry to the airport sterile area are screened

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for person-borne threats to aviation. These include explosives and non-explosive prohibited
items, as well as chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) threats. TSA is
continuously evaluating and modernizing OPS processes to strengthen the agency’s ability to
respond to shifting adversarial threats, detect emerging and evolving threats concealed on-
person, and enable efficient and effective targeting of screening resources.

TSA’s mission emanates from the Aviation and Transportation Security Act of 2001, which
directs TSA to screen all passengers and property that will be carried aboard a passenger aircraft.
Accordingly, TSA recognizes two categories of individuals under the Screen People mission
area. They are:

 Travelers/Non-Traveling Individuals are those who are screened at a TSA security

checkpoint for items not permitted aboard a passenger aircraft. Travelers are defined as
boarding pass holders and working crew members authorized to enter the sterile area to
travel on a passenger aircraft and listed on the flight manifest. Non-Traveling Individual
represents an individual to whom a covered aircraft operator seeks to issue an
authorization to enter the sterile area of an airport to escort a minor, or a passenger with
disabilities, or for some other purpose permitted by the TSA.

 Aviation Workers are defined as an employee, contractor, or representative of an

airport, domestic or foreign airline, vendor, concessionaire, tenant, government agency
(Federal, State, local, or tribal), entity in the air cargo supply chain, or other entity
working or operating at an airport regulated under 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
part 1542. An Aviation Worker may be required to pass through a TSA screening
checkpoint or may be permitted to use another sterile area entry point subject to Aviation
Worker screening standards, depending on the airport operator’s security plan and access
privileges granted to the individual.

TSA’s OPS activities are focused on improving, acquiring, and deploying capabilities and
technologies to enhance the operational efficiency and security effectiveness of on-person
screening. TSA’s current primary solutions for on-person screening utilize Advanced Imaging
Technology (AIT) and Walk Through Metal Detector (WTMD).

The AIT requires a person to stand unassisted for 5-7 seconds while the unit scans them for
potential threats using millimeter wave (MMW) technology. The unit’s scanning results are then
presented to an operator using anomaly indicators populated onto a displayed generic
representative human figure. Individuals undergoing screening using AIT generally have the
option to decline an AIT screening in favor of physical screening, which involves physical
contact (e.g., pat-downs) with a Transportation Security Officer (TSO).

The WTMD provides a screening method for individuals enrolled in one of the DHS Trusted
Traveler Programs or who are unable to complete AIT screening (e.g., cannot hold stance,
carrying an oxygen tank, with service animal). WTMDs consist of a rectangular archway, wide
enough for one person to pass through, with visible and audible alarm indicators when metal
objects are detected.

Currently, to meet TSA’s requirements, both systems require divestiture of a person’s outwear
prior to being screened. Similarly, when an individual triggers an alarm during screening, a pat-

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down typically is required to resolve the alarm, which is uncomfortable to many individuals.
These requirements increase the time required to screen that passenger and often increase
passenger wait times.

RCA’s role in TSA’s acquisition of transportation security equipment (TSE) such as AIT and
WTMD units includes identifying needs, defining user requirements, analyzing alternatives, and
demonstrating new capabilities/solutions. Technology solutions borne from these activities may
be procured by the Government or obtained by other aviation stakeholders. This approach
requires an architecture and solution set that is flexible and involves significant work in the areas
of requirements definition, policy development, test and evaluation, and compliance. The
capability defined, evaluated, and planned with the support defined in this OPS RFI must at

 Align to ongoing plans for integrating all screening systems with checkpoint TSE
 Maintain robust cybersecurity posture
 Promote connectivity, modularity, and open architecture to support enhancements (e.g.,

3rd party algorithms, common interfaces, standardized data formats, etc.)

o TSA expects to improve security capabilities by increasing the speed of acquiring

or enhancing TSE and reducing the difficulty for vendors to meet TSA
requirements by establishing common interfaces between TSE subcomponents.
o To promote connectivity, modularity, and open architecture, TSA is interested in
technologies that leverage the Open Threat Assessment Platform (OTAP), which
enables new industry-developed solutions by creating the tools to implement an
open and modular system architecture. OTAP uses standardized data formats,
such as Digital Imaging and Communications in Security (DICOS); standardized
interfaces, such as the Software