SBInet Starts Northern Border Buildout

Each remote video system is comprised of two day and two night cameras.
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Construction began Wednesday (May 6) on the deployment of five Remote Video Surveillance Systems in the Buffalo area. It’s part of SBInet, U.S. Customs and Border Protection's technology initiative.

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A CBP Border Patrol Agent operates a remote camera system. (Photo: James Tourtellotte/CBP)

The Northern Border Project will provide RVSS surveillance capabilities in the Detroit and Buffalo Border Patrol Sectors using technology developed in tests along the Southwest border.

That includes hardened base stations at towers using microwave transmission to relay live video and data to agents in control centers.

Each RVSS system is comprised of a total of four cameras – two day and two night cameras. In 2003, the Buffalo Sector deployed remote video surveillance cameras along the Lower Niagara River. This phase of the Northern Border Project will expand that technology to the Upper Niagara River.

In April, CBP announced a $20 million deal with Boeing to begin implementation on the Northern Border. Boeing is also the main contractor on the U.S.-Mexico part of SBInet

“The Northern Border Project technology deployment will provide immediate capability to help Border Patrol agents expand their ability to detect, identify, classify, respond to and resolve illegal cross border activity,” said SBI Executive Director Mark Borkowski. “At the same time, this deployment will provide lessons learned that will enable CBP to design better-tailored, longer-term technology options for the northern border.”

The Buffalo and Detroit RVSS deployments along the Northern Border are planned to conclude in early 2010. CBP plans additional SBInet deployment along the northern border.


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