Security (S&B/CBRNE) Magazine

Spring 2017

Security & Border Protection and CST & CBRNE Source Book, published jointly, concentrate on WMD response, NGB training, counterterrorism, and border security

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 12 of 35

(RVSS) began full operation, after two years of successful deployment and field testing along the U.S. Southern border. Currently there are 68 RVSS sites operational in the Arizona cities of Nogales, Douglas, Naco, Yuma and Ajo, with additional relocatable deployments planned in McAllen and Laredo, Texas, later this year. Looking further into the future, additional deployments are planned across the Rio Grande Valley sector, as well as potentially in other Southwest and Northern border locations. "The deployment of RVSS is important to the safety of our agents and to our missions," said Border Patrol Chief Ronald D. Vitiello. "Successful partnerships, like the one we have with the General Dynamics team, are necessary to efficiently and effectively secure the border." The first RVSS systems debuted between 1997 and 2005. But in July 2013, General Dynamics won a 10-year contract from CBP, with a value of potentially $115 million, to upgrade RVSS capabilities along the southern U.S. border. The General Dynamics RVSS leverages commercially-available components that provide a 360-degree field of vision for manually or automatically detecting, identifying and tracking items of interest. The tactical video surveillance system is comprised of four primary components – sensors, including medium- and long- range day and night cameras, a laser illuminator and spotlights; microwave transmitters; loudspeakers and ruggedized equipment cabinets – that are mounted on a pan-tilt unit and communicate back to a command center. While the initial deployments in Arizona are fixed, General Dynamics also has developed a relocatable RVSS on retractable masts that can be quickly deployed where needed. Multi-layered Approach The RVSS gathers intelligence data, which can be evaluated and tracked from the command center. Sophisticated image processing and recognition software that employ artificial intelligence enables the RVSS to spot items of interest faster than the human eye. CBP then can quickly detect threats and dispatch Border Patrol agents to the appropriate locations. From a situational awareness standpoint, Border Patrol agents cannot be everywhere all the time – particularly in remote, rural, urban and metropolitan areas that pose unique challenges. General Dynamics' RVSS enables these agents to be more effective in their jobs by remotely detecting illicit activity and threats. The fixed and relocatable RVSS solutions developed by General Dynamics are a critical piece of securing the border because they enable greater efficiency for CBP, allowing it to shift resources based on emerging trends and traffic patterns and ensuring agents are in the right place at the right time to support the agency's mission. The Remote Video Surveillance System (RVSS) upgrade has achieved full operational capability. (GDIT) TECHNOLOGY SPOTLIGHT REMOTE VIDEO SURVEILLANCE Spring 2017 | S&BP and CST & CBRNE | 11

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of Security (S&B/CBRNE) Magazine - Spring 2017