Unisys to Support Boeing-led Effort to Secure U.S. Borders
Securing border areas between points of entry will begin in Tucson Sector
BLUE BELL, Pa., October 26, 2006 – Unisys Corp. (NYSE: UIS) announced today that it is set to begin work on the first phase of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Secure Border Initiative (SBI) effort, SBInet. Unisys is part of the Boeing-led team that was awarded the contract Sept. 21. The contract will be performed over three years with three one-year options.
SBInet calls for a mix of technology and infrastructure that will provide U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with an integrated border enforcement solution.
Using the 3D Visible Enterprise (3D-VE) approach – a comprehensive look into all layers and interdependencies of an operation – Unisys worked with CBP experts, former border patrol agents and engineers to model concepts of operations that would enable optimal border control.
This allowed the team to convert the customer’s statement of objectives into requirements for the Boeing team to address in the proposal. Unisys will continue to support Boeing’s ongoing modeling and simulation to tailor the solution to each increment of the border.
Unisys will enable real-time information sharing that will help border patrol agents approach a situation with the appropriate resources and determine the proper law enforcement resolution for each person apprehended. Ultimately, Unisys will integrate biometric authentication into the system capabilities. Then, agents will be able to capture 10 finger prints from those they apprehend and compare the prints instantly with those stored in government databases.
“Unisys brought vision, expertise and solutions to the process that were invaluable in formulating our team’s proposal,” said Wayne Esser, Boeing director of Integrated Defense and Security. “Unisys is one of our key strategic partners and co-integrators. In addition to their role as information systems provider, we are looking to their leadership ability to help make SBInet successful.”
As the program gets underway, Unisys will integrate, deploy and maintain the information systems necessary for CBP to predict, detect, identify, classify, respond, apprehend and process people who attempt illegal border crossings. In partnership with CBP’s Office of Information Technology, Unisys will supply systems and infrastructure that deliver timely information directly to agents and field officers and that enable collaboration with various federal, state, local and other response and enforcement agencies.
“Comprehensive information sharing and integration will give border patrol agents and other law enforcement authorities the ability to be proactive – rather than reactive – in their efforts to secure the U.S. borders and control illegal immigration,” said Greg Baroni, president, Unisys Federal Systems. “As a trusted DHS partner since the agency’s inception and as a proven provider of mission systems for CBP, Unisys is proud to support Boeing in this massive border security undertaking,” he added.
Companies integral to Unisys vision for and contributions to SBInet include the Sentinel HS Group, LLC, which provided valuable U.S. border control subject matter expertise and strategic consulting; CSIdentity, LLC; iJET Intelligent Risk Systems; Intergraph Corporation (NASDAQ: INGR); Knowledge Computing Corporation (COPLINK™); Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) and PRO-telligent, LLC.
Unisys homeland security credentials include long histories both in biometrics integration and border security programs. Earlier this month, the company announced that its Australian subsidiary signed a contract with Australia’s Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs for a biometrically enabled identity authentication that will begin at immigration detention centers and ultimately move to airports.
In June, Citizenship and Immigration Canada awarded Unisys Canadian subsidiary a contract for a six-month biometrics field-trial using fingerprint and facial recognition technologies at several Canadian ports of entry.
Unisys Provides Visibility for Secure Business Operations
Using its 3D-VE approach, Unisys makes visible the links and interdependencies within an operation. Unisys clients can realize the benefits of secure business operations – breakthrough performance in customer service and satisfaction, greater agility in IT management with minimized risks and higher availability, improved operational efficiency and more effective cost control.
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