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CBP might procure hundreds of additional mobile surveillance systems

Mobile surveillance

In an effort to spot approaching illegal immigrants and terrorists at wider ranges and longer distances, Customs and Border Protection has issued a competitive solicitation for what could wind up being hundreds of mobile surveillance systems, for use along the Mexican and Canadian borders.

A system consists of a wheeled vehicle with a telescoping tower mast, radar, camera, laser range finder, and other technology components, that can observe people and vehicles at vast distances, during day and night.

Dozens of potential suppliers attended an Industry Day briefing that CPB presented on January 8, and many are expected to submit full-blown proposals by the submission deadline, which has been extended until March 8.

CBP has already purchased four prototype systems, an initial procurement of 30 production systems, and four additional modified units. Of that total, about 32 systems have been placed in operation along the southern and northern borders, says the CBP’s solicitation document. Those systems were supplied to CBP by Telephonics Corp., of Farmingdale, NY.

Its latest solicitation requests pricing from prospective vendors for two initial units for what is called “First Article Testing,” an additional quantity of up to 13 more units during the first year, and as many as 50 additional systems each year for the subsequent four optional years. The initial funding for the procurement will come from President Obama’s stimulus package, formally known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.      

The successful bidder will be expected to fabricate, test and evaluate, and maintain the mobile surveillance systems, as well as “train-the-trainers,” who can go on to instruct the ultimate operators.

The federal government is prepared to provide the necessary trucks as government furnished equipment (GFE) and one Motorola land mobile radio per system, which the vendor will be expected to integrate into its overall surveillance system.

Further information is available from Janice Washington, contracting officer, at [email protected].


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