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CBP seeks innovative wireless solutions

With staff manning 328 ports of entry and 20 field offices, Customs and Border Protection faces a challenge providing its 135 border patrol stations with wireless connectivity across urban, rural, rugged, air, maritime, marine and subterranean environments. 

In a June 8 request for information, CBP’s  Wireless Systems Program Division said it is looking for  “innovative communications approaches” to wireless communications for transmission of “critical voice, full motion video, sensor data, still-images, biometric information and location-based situational awareness.”

CPB is seeking solutions that can leverage its current technologies, such as thermal hand-held imaging devices, mobile video surveillance systems, personal radiation detectors and night vision devices. It also called for solutions that can work with the current legacy land mobile radio and potentially replace it.

All proposed solutions must meet CBP’s Technical Readiness Level 7, which requires  a system prototype demonstration in an operational environment.  CBP may decide to invite vendors for field demonstrations of their products during the summer of 2017. 

Submissions are due July 10.  More information can be found here.

Posted by Sara Friedman on Jun 09, 2017 at 1:23 PM


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