The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is accepting proposals for upgrades to the remote video surveillance systems along the Southwest Border of the United States.
DSH’s solicitation—Remote Video Surveillance System (RVSS) Upgrade—is for “fully integrated, non-developmental RVSS upgrades” that would be used by U.S. Border Patrol agents, and the deadline for filing bids is April 9, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. EST.
The current RVSS along the Southwest Border “utilizes multiple color cameras and thermal infrared detection video cameras and ancillary equipment, which are integrated into a remotely controlled system that can monitor and record activity within an area of responsibility (AoR) during both daytime and nighttime operations,” DHS says. “The RVSS sensor images are transmitted via a dedicated communications sub-system to a Border Patrol Station where the information is processed, displayed, and where the USBP agent can monitor and control the system.”
The upgrade to the RVSS needs to consist of two parallel activities, DHS says. Those activities are:
Upgrading selected RVSS sites with newer capability.
Installing upgraded technology at new sites.
DHS’ Customs and Border Protection (CBP) intends to award a firm fixed price single award contract. The contract will be awarded for an initial site upgrade in Arizona and upon completion and government acceptance of the initial site installation, the vendor might be contracted for additional station AoR installations within Arizona and Texas, DHS says. Operation and maintenance of all the sites will also be contemplated under the contract with the period of performance anticipated to be 10 years the date the contract is awarded, according to DHS.
To help potential bidders with any questions, DHS plans to issue a document on March 19, 2012, that will contain answers to additional questions.