New Technological Solutions will Foster Border and Customs Security

061209-N-8148A-067 Camp Patriot, Kuwait (Dec. 9, 2006) - A customs border clearance agent assigned to Navy Customs Battalion Romeo keeps record of each inspection. Navy Customs Battalion Romeo, comprised of more than 450 reservists, was mobilized, trained, equipped and deployed by the Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group and is an operational force under the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kitt Amaritnant (RELEASED)

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A global information technology company, Unisys Corporation, was awarded a contract by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), part of the Department of Homeland Security, to modernize 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 DHS’s EAGLE II contract, includes a base plus four option years.

Under the contract, Unisys will provide uninterrupted technical support for the Land Border Integration (LBI) technology currently deployed at CBP’s ports of entry. Unisys will work with CBP to explore and implement new ways to maintain, enhance and refresh existing border security systems as well as develop and deploy new technical solutions to satisfy emerging requirements.

According to the company’s website, the program seeks to reduce processing and wait times for travelers crossing the U.S. border as well as provide greater flexibility to CBP border agents through the increased use of mobile devices.

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

Unisys previously worked with CBP throughout the term of the Land Border Integration (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 confirm citizenship and identity of travelers with RFID-enabled travel documents.

With the award of the ITI contract, Unisys can continue to work with CBP on new and innovative border protection solutions.

“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.”