General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) has conducted a successful pilot of its Relocatable-Remote Video Surveillance System (Relocatable-RVSS or RVSS) solution for the US Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
GDIT has established a teaming agreement with Parsons Government Services Inc., to support CBP with the deployment of six relocatable systems in Laredo and McAllen, Texas.
CBP plans to expand the Relocatable-RVSS deployment across the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas in 2018.
Adaptable to multiple environments, the Relocatable-RVSS is a multi-sensor surveillance system that allows for flexible and rapid deployments.
(The Relocatable-RVSS: Designed to Meet the Diverse Mobility & Surveillance Needs of Border and Public Security Professionals. Courtesy of General Dynamics Information Technology and YouTube. Posted on Jan 30, 2018)
This provides U.S. Border Patrol Agents with advanced real-time situational awareness and the ability to predict, detect, track, deter, respond and resolve threats in remote locations.
Throughout the pilot’s testing, the Relocatable-RVSS proved effective in increasing officer safety, intelligence and mission effectiveness and was adaptive to wide-ranging operational needs.
“General Dynamics is committed to supporting CBP’s mission to help increase the security of the nation’s borders,” said Mike Cassidy, acting general manager and senior vice president for operations of General Dynamics IT’s Global Solutions division.
“The successful pilot and deployment of the Relocatable-RVSS delivers advanced technologies and demonstrates its operational value in providing enhanced tactical and mobile surveillance.”
The Remote Video Surveillance System (RVSS) sensor suites consist of medium and long-range electro-optic and infrared sensors, a laser illuminator, and spotlights.
The sensors are located on elevated towers and structures to provide persistent surveillance to Border Patrol agents.
The system includes an “intuitive video management system with real-time analytics to effectively detect, track, identify, classify and respond to missions along U.S. borders.”
In July 2013, CBP awarded General Dynamics a contract to upgrade the RVSS capability along the southern U.S. border.
CBP announced in April 2017 that the General Dynamics RVSS solution had achieved a ‘Full Operating Capability’ designation.
“The deployment of the Remote Video Surveillance System is important to the safety of our agents and to our mission,” explained Ronald Vitiello, chief of the Border Patrol, in a statement.
“Reaching a full operating capability designation is a testament to both the effectiveness of the RVSS solution and our continued partnership with CBP,” added Dan Busby, vice president of GD Information Technology division’s IT Services and Solutions sector.
To date, General Dynamics has tested, installed and deployed the RVSS system across 68 sites in Arizona.
General Dynamics has a diverse portfolio of physical and border security contracts with DHS, the U.S. Department of Defense and commercial customers.
The company has provided a wide range of integrated security systems leveraging next generation wireless network infrastructure, secure mobile communications, operational support systems and advanced surveillance systems such as electro-optical and infrared long-range cameras.
General Dynamics notable programs include: the Tactical Communications Modernization, Commercial Tier 1 Carrier Wireless Network Infrastructure and Rescue 21.