The United States Customs and Border Protection is an agency component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) whose mission is to prevent the illegal flow of people and goods across U.S. air, land, and sea borders while expediting the safe flow of lawful travel and commerce. The United States Border Patrol (USBP) mission requires (1) detecting illegal entries; (2) identifying and classifying them to determine the level of threat; (3) efficiently and effectively responding, and (4) bringing each event to a law enforcement resolution.

CBP requests the submission of solution briefs addressing a subsurface and surface, air or space technology which would provide a persistent, all terrain, all climate surveillance capability along the entire Northern border with Canada and Southern border with Mexico with real time communication to one or more United States Border Patrol (USBP) Command and Control (C2) facilities of encroachments.

The purpose of this general solicitation is to seek industry information about linear ground detection and identification system capabilities. CBP is interested in obtaining existing commercially available fully developed Linear Ground Detection System (LGDS) technologies that are able to detect and identify all cross border intrusions and threats without being affected by blind spots created by man-made and natural obstacles as they are traversing the international border between the designated ports of entry. The system architecture must be scalable, and capable of interfacing with third party command and control systems. Additionally, the system architecture must be address interoperability issues to communicate with existing CBP systems. This capability should also be able to discriminate between human, animal, and vehicle targets in all terrains, landscapes, and weather conditions present where USBP conducts operations. CBP may deploy these types of systems as part of a tailored, layered approach to improve situational awareness along the U.S. Border. There is no intent to develop any items or systems.

The following “Desired Capabilities” serve as a framework for evaluating and selecting commercial solutions. For evaluation criteria, also please reference section 4 of this solicitation. As detailed in section 3 of this solicitation, the submitter shall develop a solution brief in response to this general solicitation which shall demonstrate their solution will meet at a minimum the desired capabilities.

Key Performance Parameters (KPP) are identified and key system capabilities must be met to meet operational goals. Thresholds (T) and Objectives (O) are defined for each KPP below. Requirements that do not specify a threshold or objective are, by default, threshold requirements.

  1. The operator shall have system available (Operational Availability (Ao)) pf 95% (T), 99% (O). Note: Ao is defined as (system uptime) divided by total time (system uptime + downtime). Downtime is defined as system has failed if mission capabilities cannot be performed.
  2. The operator shall have the capability to collect, store, and send system surveillance data.
  3. The authorized maintainer shall have the capability to make remote software update