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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.

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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