DHS S&T Releases RFI for Crowd Count, Analysis Technologies
Friday, August 20, 2021 | Comments

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) released a request for information (RFI) on technology solutions that analyze crowds and their size.

The technologies will be considered for inclusion in a market survey conducted by S&T’s National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NUSTL) for law enforcement and emergency response agencies. Interested industry partners have until 5:00 p.m. EDT September 17 to submit their products.

“When it comes to events with large gatherings of people, responders may need to rely on anecdotal information pertaining to the crowd’s size and movement,” said NUSTL engineer Tyler Mackanin. “Utilizing real-time crowd analysis technology could allow for more accurate and efficient response operations to ensure the safety of everyone involved.”

These systems improve the situational awareness of first responders in order to enhance their ability to manage large crowds during planned and unplanned events. The benefits of crowd count and analysis technology may begin before and continue long after a large gathering. The information these systems provide can help prevent delayed, inadequate or misplaced responses to crowds, as well as enhanced awareness on the scene. These tools also gather data that allows more effective planning for future events.

The market survey report, which will be produced by NUSTL’s System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (SAVER) program, will be posted to the SAVER Document Library on the S&T website, where the findings can be accessed by federal, state, local, tribal and territorial response agencies making procurement decisions about this type of technology.

The solutions of interest should perform crowd count and analysis, including video analysis, and other technologies. They should also provide for post-event analysis. Software and hardware tools should be commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) products that are available to the first responder community. NUSTL is seeking technology solutions that don’t rely on facial recognition capabilities.

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