DHS May Scrap Border Patrol Project


Elizabeth Montalbano
Information Week
February 23, 2010

The Department of Homeland Security has ordered a drastic reassessment of a Mexican-border fence project that, due to delays and technology glitches, may never be completed.

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A project known as SBInet to install cameras, radar, and ground sensors along the fence on the border between the U.S. and Mexico was originally meant to be completed by 2014.

In addition to providing technologic reinforcement to the U.S. Border Patrol, the project also is meant to provide personnel with a unified dashboard that lets them view the information collected by the various technology.

Despite this plan, only a prototype of the final solution is currently in use, and the DHS is considering whether to scrap the entire project.

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