Written by Dave Nyczepir
Customs and Border Protection plans to conduct non-intrusive inspections of passenger vehicles at the US-Mexico border using Low Energy Portal (LEP) systems worth $ 107 million. dollars deployed at inspection sites.
The initial order was placed with Reston, Va. Based tech company Leidos, one of the winners of a $ 390 million LEP multi-award, indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity contract.
CBP uses non-intrusive inspection systems to detect and prevent undocumented immigrants, illegal drugs, guns, contraband and undeclared currency from entering the country via cars, trucks, railcars , sea containers, baggage, parcels or mail.
“We are excited to provide the latest non-intrusive scanning technology to support CBP’s core mission,” Jim Moos, president of Leidos Civil Group, said in the company’s announcement Thursday. “Protecting our countries’ ports and borders is a key priority, and we are proud to support CBP’s field operations as they expand their capabilities and secure the southwest border. “
The Leidos VACIS LEP system incorporates Viken Detection’s OSPREY scanning technology for improved material discrimination and image resolution.
CBP’s LEP contract complements its Multi-Energy Portal (MEP) contract, which Leidos won in April. A second order for $ 95 million was recently placed under the contract, which is capped at $ 480 million.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Branch is working with CBP and several other agencies to develop requirements and test criteria for drone tracking systems along the Canada-U.S. Border.
A team of government and industry partners conducted a three-week test on radar systems, infrared and electro-optical cameras, radio frequency detection systems and acoustic devices – all on small manned and unmanned aircraft systems – recently in a training area in Limestone Hills, MT.
The air domain knowledge systems were evaluated on how quickly and accurately they could detect, track and identify targets in mountainous terrain, following on from similar tests on the plains of Camp Grafton, North Dakota, in April.
“Saving the vast geographic landscape and sky surrounding the northern border is no small feat,” Shawn McDonald, program director for DHS S&T, said in an announcement Thursday. “So these continued efforts to increase our security and keep us safe, both there and across the country, is a whole-of-government effort that we are proud to be a part of. “
The US Coast Guard, the Department of Defense and the Federal Aviation Administration were also involved. DHS S&T plans to publish a comprehensive report on the performance of each technology for other agencies interested in purchasing it to review.