VACA posts sources sought notice for automated facial extraction and matching
On December 23 the Virginia Contracting Activity posted a sources sought notice for automated facial extraction and matching (Solicitation Number: 288-0041-16). Responses are due lo later than 1:00pm EST on January 5, 2016.
The Virginia Contracting Activity (VACA) is seeking to identify qualified sources from 100% small business concerns to provide services for the maintenance, creation, enhancements and possible production of an automated facial extraction and matching system. The National Media Exploitation Center (NMEC) requires contractor services to utilize a variety of COTS, GOTS and open source solutions to conduct technical exploitation on media and related devices. The solutions code base requires operational support and enhancement by qualified engineering staff. Contract assistance is to provide support in facial extraction and matching for operations and maintenance and for research, development, testing and evaluation.
The VaCA anticipates limiting this action to 100% certified Small Business concerns only. All respondents are required to certify that they currently meet the small business requirements under the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code 541511, “Custom Computer Programming,” with a small business size standard of $27.5M average annual receipts. Prospective sources must indicate both the size with respect to the above standard and their current small business status.
The contractor shall provide system sustainment, including development, engineering and enhancements based on continuous user and environment requirements. The contractor must be able to access the source code and make modifications to the source code to meet the tasks set forth by the NMEC. Tasks include, but are not limited to:
*Facial Extraction and Matching – Operations & Maintenance
**Implement additional end user specified feature enhancements
**Perform system development/enhancements to ensure Quality of Service (QoS) levels are sustained
**Implement technology refresh: migrate system to new hardware, operating systems, virtual machine version, and SQL Server database and upgrade storage device/appliance
**Support migration/integration with new/changing operational infrastructure systems and infrastructure/systems software upgrades/patches
**Provide support to advise and assist with technical issues and provide guidance on optimal usage of the system.
**The contractor shall separate all developed components under this SOW and provide developer documentation and limited training to DIA development staff.
**Implement clean-up strategies to remove files identified as not of interest by the Government from the system.
*Facial Extraction and Matching – Research, Development, Testing, & Evaluation
**Develop High Availability (HA) strategies to eliminate single points of failure. Other HA strategies should be researched and tested to maximize QoS levels.
**Integrate system to present/publish data to/from other systems identified by the NMEC. The subcomponents, including the face extraction, matching and enrollment shall be described and made available through programmatic interface.
**Identify and nominate new facial extraction and matching capabilities. Perform testing and evaluation of the capabilities for integration. Perform integration upon Government’s acceptance of test and evaluation results and approval for integration.
**Identify and nominate ocular extraction and matching capabilities. Perform testing and evaluation of the capabilities for integration. Perform integration upon Government’s acceptance of test and evaluation results and approval for integration.
**Evaluate the platform’s capabilities replacing, enhancing, expanding the Identity Intelligence capabilities, 3rd party tools integration, and other capabilities as needed to keep the system state of the art.
Full information is available here.