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Hier <> steht auch noch, dass die Kameras mit Gesichtserkennungs-Software ausgestattet werden sollen. Warum wollten die USA nochmal biometrische Reisepässe einführen?


Boeing unveils border security proposal

*Caitlin Harrington* /JDW Staff Reporter/
*Washington, DC*

   * Boeing is the first company to unveil the details of its bid for a
     multi-billion dollar US border security project
   * The backbone of Boeing's proposal is a ground-based surveillance

*Boeing has evealed a proposal to deploy a vast network of radar and
sensor towers on US land borders within three years if it wins a massive
US border security contract set to be awarded soon. *

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is expected to award a
border security contract worth at least USD2.5 billion dollars - with
the potential to grow as high as USD5 billion, according to Boeing - by
30 September. The project, known as the Secure Border Initiative net
(SBI net), would create a network of sensors, infrastructure and
personnel to stem the flow of illegal immigrants across US borders.

Five companies - Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman
Raytheon and Ericsson - are battling for the contract, but Boeing was
the first to reveal details of its proposal to reporters at the end of

Boeing's system would consist of more than 1,800 towers (some
refurbished and some new) equipped with ground surveillance radar and
electro-optical infra-red cameras to survey border crossings for illegal
immigrants. Boeing says its willingness to buy technology from companies
outside its own contracting team makes it stand out in the competition.
Iridium Satellite LLC, for example, would provide satellite phones.

Initially, Boeing will rely on partner companies to provide some of the
most critical technology. Boeing is planning to offer a low-power ground
surveillance radar system made by partner company DRS
Technologies. The radar would be attached to the top of a tower and
would have a range of about 20 km-30 km. The radar is known as MSTAR
short for AN/PPS-5C Man-Portable Surveillance and Target Acquisition

US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers at remote headquarters
locations would be able to use the radar to identify people crossing
illegally - day and night - and the electro-optical/infra-red cameras
mounted on the towers would further clarify the image. The cameras -
made by Kollsman, a subsidiary of Elbit Systems, which makes
thermo-imaging cameras to monitor Israel's borders - have a range of
about 14 km.

In addition to DRS
Technologies and Kollsman, Boeing has partnered with seven other
companies including two subsidiaries of L-3 Communications
L-3 Communications
West and L-3 Government Services, which will provide communications
equipment and consultation on the surveillance system.

Boeing's other partners include Centech, a company that will train CBP
officers to use Boeing's new system; Perot Systems, which provides
transportation services and organises business processes; Unisys Corp,
which will provide the technology for Boeing's command and control
system; Lucent Technologies, which has a small role now but will help
with technology upgrades later; and US Investigations Services, which
will cull open- source intelligence sources to identify potential
threats to US land borders.

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