IARPA releases BRIAR BAA
On December 10, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) posted the final broad agency announcement (BAA) for the Biometric Recognition and Identification at Altitude and Range (BRIAR) program. Responses are due by 4:00 p.m. Eastern on February 10, according to SAM.
This BAA (IARPA-BAA-20-04) is for the Biometric Recognition and Identification at Altitude and Range (BRIAR) program. IARPA is seeking innovative solutions for the BRIAR Program in this BAA. BRIAR is envisioned to be a 4-year effort, beginning approximately August 1, 2021 through July 31, 2025.
The BRIAR Program aims to develop software algorithm-based systems capable of performing whole-body (WB) biometric identification at long-range and from elevated platforms. Many Intelligence Community (IC) and Department of Defense (DoD) agencies require the ability to identify or recognize individuals under challenging scenarios, such as at long-range (e.g., 300+ meters), through atmospheric turbulence, or from elevated and/or aerial sensor platforms (e.g., ≥20° sensor view angle from watch towers or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)). Expanding the range of conditions in which accurate and reliable biometric-based identification could be performed would greatly improve the number of addressable missions, types of platforms and sensors from which biometrics can be reliably used, and quality of outcomes and decisions.
The BRIAR program will proceed in three (3) phases. Offerors are required to submit a proposal that addresses all three phases. The phases are designed to drive Performers to develop solutions that are suited to a range of biometric capture conditions, robust against imagery degradations, and computationally efficient.
Full information is available here.