"Please demonstrate how your tool can continually monitor and send alerts based on user-made search criteria. Focus on MERS or H7N9"
One of the most disturbing aspects is that they also want 5 year historical capability too. Another key aspect is an API to allow data to be shared across Fusion centers. In short, what is going on is further development of the Government's C4ISR capability in regards to Public Health / ObamaCare.
The issue with Public Health emergencies is that the Government believes that Constitution does not apply to them. The most concerning scenario is one where CDC officials identify a Pandemic in progress before the public becomes aware of the outbreak. Having 5 year historical records of H7N9 and MERS tweets will allow them to identify those individuals who will break the news on Social Media and potentially interfere or contradict the desired official narrative.
In a prelude too and during a severe Pandemic, contrarian bloggers and Twitter users with influential capability should expect to have their Constitutional Rights VIOLATED.
For those unaware, the Government has spooled up for a H7N9 pandemic in a massive way. Our personal assessment is that the near term risk of a massive / deadly H7N9 outbreak in the USA is low, but that the impact would be high. The Government's actions tend to point more to their belief that such an outbreak is a sure thing.
Sources:Social Media AnalysisSolicitation Number: 02182014
Healthcare and Public Health (Federal) Threat Operations Center (HTOC)