ARLINGTON, Va., March 31, 2009 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] received a task order today from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to deploy video cameras in the Detroit and Buffalo Border Patrol Sectors along the continental United States' northern border. The approximately $20 million Northern Border Project Task Order, as part of the SBInet contract, will provide the Border Patrol with increased surveillance capabilities to provide added security along the St. Clair and Upper Niagara rivers and help prevent illegal entry of persons and materials into the United States. The deployment will also allow CBP to evaluate the effectiveness of this technology in the northern border environment.
"We're committed to providing CBP agents along the northern border with improved border security capabilities to enable them to do their jobs even better," said Boeing Intelligence and Security Systems Vice President and General Manager Steve Oswald, whose Security Solutions division will oversee the task order. "At the same time, the lessons learned from this deployment will contribute to even greater enhancements in the future."
Boeing will be responsible for installing remote video surveillance systems (RVSS) to monitor coastal, maritime and riverine activities. Construction is scheduled to begin in May along the Upper Niagara River in the Buffalo Sector, and in July along the St. Clair River in the Detroit Sector. CBP will provide the towers and cameras that make up each RVSS.
These deployments will serve as the basis for future development of solutions for the Great Lakes region.
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