Unisys wins CBP border security contract

October 19, 2016 - 

Unisys Corporation has been awarded a contract by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), part of the Department of Homeland Security, to update the agency’s technology for identifying people and vehicles entering and exiting the U.S.

The Integrated Traveler Initiatives (ITI) contract, awarded as a task order under the Department of Homeland Security’s EAGLE II contract, includes a base plus four additional optional years.

The new ITI contract represents the next version of CBP’s Land Border Integration (LBI) project, awarded to Unisys in 2010.

Under the agreement terms, Unisys will provide uninterrupted technical support for the LBI technology currently deployed at CBP’s ports of entry.

Working with CBP, Unisys will find and implement new methods of maintaining, improving and reviving existing border security systems as well as developing and deploying new technical solutions that meet emerging requirements.

The new program seeks to cut down on processing and wait times for travelers crossing the U.S. border as well as provide greater flexibility to CBP border officials through the increased use of mobile devices.

CBP is considering various technologies such as automated measurement and reporting of commercial vehicle and traveler wait times.

Unisys previously worked with CBP throughout the term of the LBI contract to secure the nation’s ports of entry, using automated license plate reader technology to screen vehicles crossing the border, as well as radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to authorize citizenship and identity of travelers with RFID-enabled travel documents.

“Unisys is proud to have CBP’s trust in support of this critical mission, and we are excited for the opportunity to continue providing proven border security technology to CBP and to enhance the country’s border security while increasing efficiency and reducing traveler wait times,” said Amy Rall, group vice president for the Department of Homeland Security practice at Unisys Federal. “By taking advantage of advances in biometrics, cybersecurity and data analytics, CBP can make our borders even safer.”

Previously reported, Unisys Corporation published new research that reveals that law enforcement is expected to lead the incorporation of biometrics into wearable technology.

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