Friday, January 20, 2012

CBP intends to upgrade its video surveillance in Arizona and Texas

Customs and Border Protection is planning to issue a formal solicitation at the end of January under which it will install “Remote Video Surveillance Systems” (RVSS) -- consisting of color and thermal infrared video cameras -- at selected sites in Arizona and Texas.

CBP said in a presolicitation notice published on Jan. 17 that it envisions full and open competition for a single firm fixed price contract to provide a “fully integrated, non-developmental” RVSS upgrade that would be used by U.S. Border Patrol agents. “The RVSS Upgrade procurement is one element of a broader CBP strategy to rapidly acquire non-developmental (and ideally commercially available) systems to support border protection efforts,” says the CBP notice.

The contract will be awarded to install an RVSS upgrade at a single site in the State of Arizona. If that’s successful, CBP might exercise its option to undertake additional installations of similar surveillance systems within Arizona and the State of Texas, the notice explains.

“The currently existing RVSS 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,” says CBP’s announcement. “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 work, which is expected to take place on U.S. and tribal lands, will occur over a 10-year performance period, says CBP. The formal solicitation is expected on or about Jan. 31.

Further information is available from Marty Hollander, a contract specialist, at 571-468-7013 or samuel.hollander@dhs.gov.

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