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Solicitation Number: HSBP0111RSWBTS
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Office: Customs and Border Protection
Location: Border Enforcement Contracting Division - Mountain Branch
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Special Notice
Added: Jan 27, 2011 9:27 pm

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Technology Innovation and Acquisition (OTIA) will be hosting an Industry Day for vendors interested in learning about near term acquisitions that will support the Department’s new strategy for security technology along the Southwest border. The conference will be held Thursday, February 17, 2011 at the Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the West Ballroom Room 301A. The sign-in process will begin at 7:45 a.m.  Attendance is limited to three individuals per company. 

This effort contributes towards fulfillment of the following CBP objective:

Establish and maintain effective control of air, land, and maritime borders through the use of the appropriate mix of infrastructure, technology, and personnel.

In 2010 Secretary of Homeland Security Napolitano directed a Department-wide assessment of the SBInet program that incorporated an independent, quantitative, science-based “Analysis of Alternatives” to determine if SBInet was the most efficient, effective and economical border security technology strategy available.  Following the completion of that assessment, which showed that there is no 'one-size-fits-all' solution to meet our border technology needs, Secretary Napolitano decided to end SBInet as originally conceived and to embark on a new strategy for security technology along the Southwest border.   

The new strategy, which will utilize existing, proven technology, is tailored to the unique needs of each border region, and will provide faster deployment of technology, better coverage, and a more effective balance between cost and capability. 

In order to support the new strategy, CBP is seeking technology solutions that detect, track, identify, and classify illegal incursions to provide Border Patrol agents with improved situational awareness between the Ports of Entry (POEs). The Government is looking for complete, fully integrated, and proven commercial-off-the-shelf/government-off-the-shelf (COTS/GOTS) solutions.  The Government is not interested in solutions that require measurable developmental effort to integrate COTS/GOTS subsystems.  The Government intends to use fixed price contracting strategies for all procurements related to the border security technology solutions.  The Government will also have a strong preference for open architecture solutions.  In this context, “open architecture” means an inherent ability to “plug-and-play” (consistent with well-defined interface descriptions)—including switch-out of hardware and software components from other suppliers—without any additional integration costs or any additional involvement from the original equipment manufacturer(s).  There is no intent to develop any items or systems under the program.

The new border technology strategy has been divided into three technology solution areas and this Industry Day will center on these three technology solution areas provided as follows:

Agent- Centric Solutions

Between the POEs, patrolling Border Patrol agents are one of the primary resources for detecting, identifying, and classifying Items of Interest (IoI).  As such, additional agent-portable technology is needed to provide agents with a larger field of view and additional detection, tracking, identification and classification capability.  Such technology assets need to be rugged and easily portable.

Mobile Sensor Solutions

CBP requires sensors that are transportable and can be set up and broken down easily by individual Border Patrol agents. These sensors may be deployed to remote and rugged areas and may be left in the field for varying durations based on traffic patterns. These assets need to be capable of being moved easily as the threat shifts.  Mobile assets will provide enhanced detection, tracking, identification, and classification capability. Mobile assets may be overtly (e.g., installed on vehicles) or covertly deployed (e.g., buried underground or camouflaged). Agents may deploy these sensors and operate them remotely, or remain on site. Agents will communicate their findings with one another and their respective stations in order to affect a response.

Fixed Sensor Solutions

CBP requires sensors to be deployed at fixed sites that provide a persistent detect, track, identify, and classify capability with an extended field of view. Automation of these capabilities is desired. Border Patrol agents desire the ability to remotely identify whether an IoI is a human, animal, conveyance or other, and the ability to discern the level of threat associated with an IoI.  The ability of the agents to respond can be enhanced by including technology that covertly guides agents to the location of IoIs. Additionally, incorporating a detection capability that does not rely on line-of-sight visibility enables CBP to cover gaps and better operate in varying terrain.  It is envisioned that data from some or all of the fixed sites may be transmitted to a centrally located Common Operating Picture (COP), which fuses the various sensor data and provides a complete situational awareness picture over a large area.  Any proposed COP must be fully developed and operational, must be completely integrated with all of the other systems offered by a proposer, must have demonstrated maturity, should reinforce open architecture standards, and should allow for "plug-and-play" of various sensors.  The Government does not intend to procure a COP separately from the hardware or sensors.  The Government expects to procure an integrated, fully-operational, turn-key capability including all associated hardware and software, as a non-developmental item.

The conference will address all three categories of capability needs presented above.  The Government may address any of the categories in more detail as an initial focus area based on the Government’s immediate needs at that time.     

Participants interested in attending the conference must pre-register no later than 14 February 2011, by emailing the attached form to If space permits, CBP will allow attendees to register at the event, however, preference will be given to those who have pre-registered. The registration request will require the attendees’ names, titles, company/organization, CCR#, DUNS#, email addresses, phone numbers, business size status, and to which technological focus area(s) you will be representing. Please use the attached registration form and return via email to the above address. Please only send one registration request per company including a maximum of three representatives. Please indicate if any special accommodations for disabilities are required. Government issued photo ID (i.e. driver’s license) will be required for admittance.

Added: Feb 11, 2011 4:49 pm

Paragraph one above is modified to add the following sentence: "Additional openings are available at this time on a first-come-first-serve basis for participants who wish to register addtional team members. Participants interested in attending the conference must pre-register no later than 14 February 2011, by emailing the attached form to If space permits, CBP will allow attendees to register at the event, however, preference will be given to those who have pre-registered.

Added: Mar 01, 2011 10:43 am

All information in reference to the Southwest Border Technology Solutions Industry Day will be posted to the following location: Any questions/comments may be submitted to 

Added: Nov 17, 2011 4:26 pm

Integrated Fixed Towers Program Update


The Integrated Fixed Towers (IFT) Program (see: original Request for Information #HSBP0111RIFT) is a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) effort focused on acquiring fully-integrated, non-developmental systems having an open system architecture for use by United States Border Patrol (USBP) Agents.  The IFT system will assist agents in detecting, tracking, identifying and classifying items of interest along our Nation's borders through a series of fixed sensor towers and command and control center equipment that displays information on a common operating picture (COP).  The acquisition will consist of surveillance equipment (e.g., ground surveillance radars and surveillance cameras) mounted on fixed (i.e., stationary) tower(s); all necessary power generation and communications equipment to support these tower sites; and command and control (C2) center equipment (including one or more operator workstations) capable of displaying information received from surveillance towers on a COP.

The Office of Technology Innovation and Acquisition (OTIA) IFT Program is hereby notifying Industry of its plan to release a draft Request for Proposal (RFP) in early December 2011 to solicit industry feedback and to release a final RFP in January/February 2012.  Additional information concerning the IFT Program is contained below.  The information provided in this notice is subject to change and is not binding on the Government.

IFT Capabilities:  CBP intends to select from among non-developmental (i.e., commercial, commercial-off-the-shelf, government-off-the-shelf) offerings which represent the best balance between system performance and cost.  The RFP will provide a framework for performance/cost trades.  In other words, the IFT system will be a "capability-based" acquisition and the RFP will indicate a set of desired capabilities in priority order.  Offerors are expected to propose a solution that is affordable, immediately producible after award, and that offers an effective and sustainable persistent surveillance capability for the USBP.  The successful offeror's performance work statement (PWS) for the proposed IFT capability and the associated price will become the basis for firm fixed price contract award.  The IFT contract will include provisions for full Contractor Operational Support and Maintenance for the duration of the period of performance which is estimated to be 10 years.   

Examples of Desired IFT System Performance Parameters:  The following are examples of the highest priority desired system capabilities.  Performance objectives below are referenced to the geographic position of an individual Fixed Surveillance Tower (FST), with all associated equipment. 

1.  A single IFT FST shall be able to detect a single, walking, average-sized adult human at a range of up to 7.5 miles under the following conditions:  daylight and darkness, line of sight (LoS) ranging from clear LoS to partial obstruction (50% to 95% blockage of the individual for periods of 1-3 seconds), and sustained wind speeds up to 10 MPH with gusts up to 15 MPH.

Rationale:  This level of performance ensures that USBP will be able to detect the types of threats encountered under typical operating conditions.  A single individual is likely the most difficult type of threat to detect at range, and the foliage conditions in rural and remote areas are such that individuals may disappear from LoS for brief periods of time.  The sustained wind condition prescribed covers most conditions observed along the Arizona Border.  While wind gusts greater than 15 MPH occur, the data available suggest that such gusts represent a very small portion of the operational envelope.

2.  The IFT system shall provide video of sufficient quality and resolution to enable an operator to determine that a single, walking, average-sized adult is a human at a range of up to 7.5 miles relative to each individual IFT FST under the following conditions:  daylight and darkness; LoS ranging from clear LoS to partial obstruction (50% to 95% blockage of the individual for periods of 1-3 seconds); sustained wind speeds up to 10 MPH, with gusts up to 15 MPH; moderate atmospheric turbulence.

Rationale:  This level of performance ensures that USBP will be able to identify the types of threats encountered under typical operating conditions. 

3.  The IFT system operational availability (Ao) shall be equal to or greater than 90%, where Ao is defined as mission capable time (sum of all mission critical subsystems and units) divided by total time (mission capable time plus down time).

Rationale: USBP must perform critical mission elements 24/7 without significant disruption or degraded capability. A system is considered operationally available when it can perform in accordance with the operational requirements. A system is not mission capable under any condition that precludes the detection, tracking, identification or classification of items of interest (when the system would otherwise be capable of doing so).

IFT Fixed Surveillance Towers (FST):  The maximum FST height is expected to be 120 feet above grade.  The RFP will provide the specific geographic coordinates (and permanent impact area allowed) of all FSTs to be deployed by the Contractor; the Contractor shall not deviate from these specific locations.  Additionally, the Government will acquire necessary land rights (e.g., purchase or lease), clear the site to a construction-ready state, and provide access via an unpaved road; the IFT Contractor will not be expected to perform these activities.  The Government will provide detailed soil data (i.e., geotechnical report) for FSTs identified in the RFP.  

IFT Communications Tower Sites:  The Contractor shall install communications links at each FST, the designated Command and Control (C2) facility and any intermediate locations needed to accommodate the proposed IFT system design.  The Government has predetermined the availability of certain communications-only sites for intermediate and C2 facility links for potential use by the Contractor in installing point-to-point microwave relay communication capability.  Note that while the FST locations identified in the RFP are mandatory, communication-only sites predetermined by the Government may be used at the Contractor's discretion.  Information regarding communication-only sites in the RFP shall serve only as a guide for communication linkage between FSTs and the C2 facility.  For those communication-only sites (as predetermined by the Government) requiring new construction that the Contractor elects to use, the Government will acquire necessary land rights (e.g., purchase or lease), clear the site to a construction-ready state, and provide access via an unpaved road.  The Government will provide detailed soil data (i.e., geotechnical report) for communications-only tower sites identified in the RFP, for those requiring construction.  Should the Contractor elect to employ alternate communications-only sites (i.e. sites not included in the RFP) or communications technologies, the Contractor will be required to perform all associated construction and installation activities, including access road construction and site clearing. 

IFT C2 Center Facilities:  The C2 center equipment, including operator workstation(s), for each Border Patrol Station AOR included in the RFP will be provided by the Contractor.  The Contractor shall provide all equipment, materials, and labor necessary to install the operator workstation(s) and associated C2 equipment into existing CBP facilities.  Operator workstations shall include desks, consoles, and cabinets designed for an office environment.  The RFP will identify the facility square footage available for the installation of the C2 equipment.  All necessary facility services (e.g. power, HVAC) will be provided by the Government.  The Contractor shall identify in their proposal any unique requirements that their C2 center equipment may require.

IFT System Demonstrations:   It is anticipated that a competitive range may be determined.  The Government may also limit the number of proposals in the competitive range to the greatest number that will permit an efficient competition among the most highly rated proposals.  Contractors included in a competitive range will be required to perform system demonstrations prior to contract award at their own expense.  The Government will provide guidance for the system demonstrations in the RFP and will witness the event.  Demonstration objectives are:  1.  To confirm selected aspects of the offeror's proposed system; and 2.  To reduce the Government's risk by confirming that the offered system is available for immediate deployment, and to confirm that it contains mature products and is integrated to perform critical functions.

All communication with OTIA IFT can be submitted to .  The Government does not intend to respond to inquiries regarding this notice until after the Draft RFP is released for industry comment.  Additionally, the IFT program staff will no longer be scheduling industry one-on-one meetings due to the pending release of a draft RFP.

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SWBTS Registration Form

Other (Draft RFPs/RFIs, Responses to Questions, etc..)
SWBTS Registration Form
Posted Date:
January 27, 2011
Description: SWBTS Registration Form
1901 South Bell Street
8th Floor
Arlington, Virginia 22202
United States
Phoenix Convention Center
100 North 3rd Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
United States
Timothy O. Evans,
Contract Specialist
Phone: (571)468-7004
Fax: (571)468-7190
Mario D. Dizon,
Procuring Contracting Officer
Phone: (571)468-7034
Fax: (571)468-7190