Newswise — WASHINGTON – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is seeking groundbreaking solutions to address current and future operational needs. S&T issued the Emerging Needs: Covid-19 Response & Future Mitigation topic call through its Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP).  A Virtual Industry Day will be held August 18, 2020, 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PT to discuss the solicitation.

The topic call is seeking commercially available technology solutions to address the following pandemic-related needs:

  • Testing & validation to ensure data privacy standards across contact tracing apps
  • Video analytics for self-service TSA checkpoints
  • Rapid sanitization of large surfaces
  • Data aggregation across authoritative and non-authoritative sources
  • Enhanced point-of-entry screening methods at DHS facilities 

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

09:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PT - Department of Homeland Security staff will discuss mission challenges, technology needs and doing business with SVIP. Speakers include: Melissa Oh, SVIP Managing Director, DHS S&T; Anil John, SVIP Technical Director, DHS S&T; John Fortune, Screening at Speed Program Manager, DHS S&T; Teresa Quitugua, Deputy Director, National Biosurveillance Integration Center (NBIC); William Pharis, Program Manager, DHS S&T; Kevin Grottle, Program Manager, DHS S&T. 

Attendees can register for the event at:

To view the solicitation, application and FAQs, visit: 

For additional information about SVIP and eligibility requirements, visit:

Editors Note: Credentialed media are invited to attend the virtual industry day, and are asked to register in advance at