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Border Security Ma

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By John Haystead

The Journal of Electronic Defense | December 2015

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Signals intelligence (SIGINT) technology is finding its way
into border security applications, but it's still far from reaching a watershed moment. It's not because of a lack of interest,
however, but rather it is due to SIGINT's current place among
other technology solutions in the hierarchy of today's border
security concerns. Even so, the ultimate market potential is
huge, and a number of companies are, if not directly targeting
the border security market, at least testing the waters with
both off-the-shelf and customized SIGINT products. The offerors are a diverse mix, bringing together companies whose
primary business has been in critical infrastructure security
for airports, harbor facilities and other valuable commercial
infrastructure, together with mainstream suppliers of SIGINT
systems to military forces and intelligence agencies. And, they
span the entire marketing channel from complete border-security solution providers and system integrators to makers of discrete COMINT surveillance and direction finding (DF) receivers.
Not surprisingly, the hierarchy of border security solutions
begins with physical barriers such as walls, fences and checkpoints. However, given the long expanses of many national
borders, the difficult terrain this can entail, and a host of
other factors, these physical barriers are often supplemented
by the use of networked day/night surveillance cameras and
thermal imaging systems. This is the approach currently being
pursued by the US along its southern border with Mexico.
General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) (Fairfax,
VA), recently completed the initial field deployment and test
of the Remote Video Surveillance System (RVSS) upgrade for
the US Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency. The CBP is currently operating
the RVSS in Nogales, AZ, and has begun deployments in Naco
and Douglas, AZ. Mounted on fixed towers and buildings, the
RVSS uses wide-area electro-optical (EO) and infrared cameras
to provide persistent ground-surveillance and real-time video
analytics. GDIT was awarded the contract, which has a potential value of approximately $103 million over 10 years if all
options are exercised, in July 2013.
Steve Coughlan, GDIT Vice President of Secure Network Solutions, says "With RVSS, we're really focused on the immediate requirements at hand. As for integrating other types of
sensors, such as SIGINT, that will probably come in the future
with evolution and development on RVSS and other systems.
From what we've seen, there is an ever-evolving complexity
to security systems, whether for border security or airport or

port security. The systems are becoming much more
complex and the capability is ever improving. A lot
of that has to do with improvements in communications and broadband networks that may be out
there, and we are definitely looking at SIGINT
system providers for possible integration into
our solutions. The ability to tie in and leverage different capabilities such as SIGINT, as
well as other ground-based sensors, spa-

tial recognition, license
plate
recognition,
and in the case of RVSS,
advanced video analytics, will
be crucial. When we look at a requirement, we are vendor agnostic, and are wide
open depending on the circumstance."
Also in the hierarchy of border security
solutions are long-range, active detection
systems and sensors such as ground-surveillance radars. One such system offered by
Blighter Surveillance Systems (Great Chesterford, Essex, UK), is its B422 frequency-modulated continuous-wave (FMCW)
electronic scanning array radar. Using
Doppler signal processing to detect motion, the fixed-installation system comprises two radar units linked together
to form a single radar that provides 180



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The View from Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
Letters
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
2015 AOC Award Winners
SIGINT on the Border
Jamming Down Under
Commercial Airliners: Still Vulnerable to MANPADS
New Products
Threat Monitor
EW 101
Report from the 2015 AOC Pacific Conference
Report from the 2015 AOC CEMA Conference
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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JED - December 2015 - cover2
JED - December 2015 - igc
JED - December 2015 - OGC
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JED - December 2015 - The View from Here
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JED - December 2015 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - December 2015 - Courses Calendar
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JED - December 2015 - From the President
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JED - December 2015 - Letters
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JED - December 2015 - Report from the 2015 AOC CEMA Conference
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