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GD RVSS Obtains CBP FOC & Helps Secure US Border

By Tammy Waitt at American Security Today

April 14, 2017

Protecting Against Ever-Present Threats

Every day, law enforcement, emergency management and security operations personnel require real-time situational awareness and intelligence to ensure the greatest levels of officer safety and effectiveness at operator and command levels.

General Dynamics IT’s Remote Video Surveillance System (RVSS) provides tactical video surveillance via a stabilized, multi-sensor system.

RVSS enhances the ability to predict, deter, detect, track, identify/classify, respond and resolve threats with a user-friendly, easy-to-understand video management system (VMS) that requires limited training.

General Dynamics’ RVSS upgrade recently achieved ‘Full Operating Capability’ (FOC) as designated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

This key milestone was achieved after two years of successful deployment and field testing along the southern border and underscores the operational impact this solution provides to the U.S. Border Patrol.

The RVSS capability is currently operational in Nogales, Douglas, Naco, Yuma, and Ajo, Arizona, with relocatable deployments planned in McAllen and Laredo, Texas in 2017.

“The deployment of the Remote Video Surveillance System is important to the safety of our agents and to our mission,” said Ronald D. Vitiello, Chief of CBP’s U.S. Border Patrol.

“Successful partnerships like the one we have with the General Dynamics team, are necessary to efficiently and effectively secure the border.”

Located on elevated towers and structures, the RVSS advanced electro-optical and infrared sensors provide persistent ground surveillance to Border Patrol agents via an intuitive video management system with real time analytics to effectively detect, track, identify, classify and respond to missions along U.S. borders.

“Reaching a full operating capability designation is a testament to both the effectiveness of the RVSS solution and our continued partnership with CBP,” said Dan Busby, vice president and general manager of General Dynamics Information Technology’s IT Services and Solutions sector.

“The RVSS upgrade will continue to provide CBP and U.S. law enforcement personnel with the advanced technology necessary to secure our nation’s borders and increase agent safety through enhanced situational awareness.”

In July 2013, CBP awarded General Dynamics One Source the contract to upgrade the RVSS capability along the southern U.S. border.

General Dynamics One Source is comprised of General Dynamics Information Technology and General Dynamics Mission Systems.

General Dynamics has a diverse portfolio of Physical and Border Security contracts with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Defense and commercial customers, providing integrated security systems leveraging next generation wireless network infrastructure, secure mobile communications, operational support systems and advanced surveillance systems such as electro-optical and infrared long-range cameras.

These programs include the recently awarded design and delivery of CBP’s Relocatable Remote Video Surveillance System (R-RVSS) under Federal Aviation Administration Technical Support Services Contract (TSSC-4), Tactical Communications Modernization, Commercial Tier 1 Carrier Wireless Network Infrastructure and mission-critical wireless communication systems deployments such as Rescue 21, the U.S. Coast Guard’s nationwide command, control and communications system that connects Coast Guard personnel with distressed mariners.

Additionally, the company has supported large technology integration programs, including the consolidation of DHS Headquarters at St. Elizabeths in Washington, D.C.