Border Protection upgrades communications with advanced tech

GPS, encryption will strengthen radio communications

Customs and Border Protection is modernizing the tactical communications systems used by law enforcement agents on the nation’s borders. The goal of CBP’s Tactical Communications Modernization Program is to upgrade land mobile radio communications capabilities for field personnel in 20 areas across the United States, according to an announcement. 

But the project is more than just radios. Science Applications International Corp., the prime contractor on the effort, will include encryption technology to help ensure secure communications, Global Positioning System technology to track agent and officer location, and interoperable digital technology for greater coverage and user capacity, the company said.

SAIC will also provide support in such areas as engineering design and analysis; equipment configuration; systems installation, testing and evaluation; training; and field operations support services, SAIC said.

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Reader Comments

Fri, Dec 3, 2010

Does the line about 'interoperable' mean that it will seamlessly work with the various state-wide trunked public safety systems, local LEO systems, and other federal LEO and military systems, all of whom are called in at times to support the thinly-spread Porder Patrol guys? Or is this the usual practice of each agency reinventing the wheel? There really needs to be a standard, so anybody with a badge and a gun, can talk to anyone else with a badge and a gun. It's all the same store, folks.

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