Domestic Nuclear Detection Office awards contract for Homeland Security detection device

A TSA agent uses the HPT system. | Courtesy of the Department of Homeland Security
The Department of Homeland Security announced last week that the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) has awarded the department a multi-million-dollar contract that would enhance radiological and nuclear detection capabilities.

The device would be used by agents and other frontline personnel of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG).

The device, called a Human Portable Tripwire (HPT), was awarded as a result of collaborative efforts between the USCG, CBP, the TSA and the DNDO under the Unity of Effort Initiative and all associated agencies and organizations worked together in the testing, deployment planning and evaluation processes during the proposal determination stage.

According to the announcement, the HPT device is capable of radiation detection and also has communication features that allow personnel to connect with experts and others when necessary. The device is also capable of identifying the source of radiation, which allows responding personnel to make appropriate actions. It consists of a small detection unit that is possible to be worn on an agent or be operated as a handheld device.

Collaborative efforts under the Unity of Effort Initiative aim to enhance capabilities across the department to better respond to threats to national security and the public.

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