In support of the US Border Patrol (USPB) and Border Patrol Agents (BPAs), US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) intends to acquire hardware and services for the deployment and integration of Towers, Power, Instrumentation, and Communications (TPIC). This DRAFT TPIC Request for Proposal (RFP) details CBP’s planned effort to deliver infrastructure, intelligence, and mission-critical voice communications, to improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the Department of Homeland Security’s border enforcement efforts.

The Draft RFI is here –

Industry responses are due on 31 December 2020.

Background and Concept of Operations

US Border Patrol (USBP) Agents require situational awareness to detect, track, identify, and classify Items of Interest (IoI) (e.g., humans, groups of humans, humans carrying bundles, humans carrying long arms, vehicles, animals, ultra-light aircraft, watercraft).  USBP currently employs fixed (persistent surveillance) tower systems (Integrated Fixed Towers (IFT) and Remote Video Surveillance System-Upgrade (RVSS-U)) with a combination of radar and electro-optical (EO)/infrared (IR) sensors depending on the operational environment.  Towers can be permanent or relocatable.  These towers are connected to a Command and Control Center (C2CEN) via microwave or fiber optic circuits.  Fixed tower systems’ (IFT and RVSS-U) area of operations now include persistent surveillance of the northern and southern land borders, waterways, and coastal areas.

The U.S. Border Patrol Program Management Office Directorate (PMOD) intends to award one or more Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts for TPIC. The Common Operating Picture (COP) software, inclusive of Command and Control Center (C2CEN) hardware, will be acquired separately from TPIC. CBP plans to award a competitive procurement by the second quarter of fiscal year 2022 and seeks to engage with Industry to gain insight into current market conditions and/or engineering advances that will aid in the formation of an acquisition strategy for future efforts and provide Industry an opportunity to influence our acquisition approach.

USBP’s border surveillance currently consists of deployed surveillance and sensor systems including IFT, RVSS-U, Unattended Ground Sensors (UGS), Mobile Surveillance Capability (MSC), and Mobile Video Surveillance System (MVSS).  Deployed sensors terminate data into a Border Patrol station’s C2 Center.  Ideally, persistent (fixed/relocatable tower) surveillance systems and other deployed sensors would be linked at the C2 Center to provide wide-area autonomous surveillance (i.e., controlled without human intervention) and displayed on the C2CEN COP and subsequently communicated to portable devices (e.g., tablet, laptop, cell phone) used by field agents.  The persistent (fixed/relocatable tower) (IFT and RVSS-U) system’s COP should have the capability to automatically detect, track, and identify IoIs and to communicate the IoIs in full motion video (FMV) to the C2CEN COP.  The persistent (fixed/relocatable tower) system’s COP should use its automated identification and classification to highlight the IoIs with a confidence level that calls their attention to USBP Agents monitoring the COP.  The persistent (fixed/relocatable tower) system’s COP will also record and archive data for later retrieval.  Finally, the persistent (fixed/relocatable tower) surveillance system works under adverse and extreme weather conditions and in harsh environments such as deserts, the extreme winters in along the northern border, in coastal areas, and in rugged, mountainous terrain where physical access is limited.