WASHINGTON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection has begun construction on the deployment of eight Remote Video Surveillance Systems at border crossings in Detroit and Buffalo to counter illegal cross-border activity.
The Northern Border Project will provide SBInet technology surveillance capabilities on the U.S. side of the Detroit and Buffalo Border Patrol Sectors using technology already in use along the southwest border with Mexico.
"The Northern Border Project technology deployment will provide immediate capability to help Border Patrol Agents expand their ability to detect, identify, classify, respond to and resolve illegal cross border activity," said Secure Border Initiative Executive Director, Mark Borkowski. "At the same time, this deployment will provide lessons learned that will enable CBP to design better-tailored, longer-term technology options for the Northern Border."
Each RVSS system is comprised of a total of four cameras — two day and two night.
The Buffalo Sector deployed remote video surveillance cameras along the Lower Niagara River in 2003 and began construction on an additional five towers earlier this year.
This phase of the Northern Border Project will expand that technology along the St. Clair River, from Lake Huron to Lake St. Clair covering approximately 35 miles of a mix of urban, residential, commercial and riverine environments.
The deployment of technology along the Northern Border is part of a larger border security strategy that assists CBP frontline officers and agents.
Both RVSS deployments are planned to conclude in early 2010.
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