Northrop Grumman Lands Border Security Contract

Defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corporation has won the contract for surveillance systems at U.S. border land ports of entry in the Southwest.

By landing the contract, which could be worth $33.7 million, Northrop Grumman will be in charge of design and deployment of full surveillance solutions at some 40 official entry points along the southern border of the U.S. The contract was awarded to Northrop Grumman's Information Technology sector.

"Our team's past experience designing the DHS's security command center as well as our extensive work for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) installing similar security systems and command centers along the entire northern U.S. border speaks to our ability to serve CBP effectively," said Wood Parker, president of Northrop Grumman IT's intelligence group, in an announcement of the contract award.

As part of the surveillance project, Northrop Grumman will also be building four centers for monitoring of security operations.

Tom Arnsmeyer, Northrop Grumman's vice president and program manager, said that this kind of surveillance project would include not only surveillance, but video analytics, IT communications and data archiving capabilities. He described the project as the type of "large, complex programs" that Northrop Grumman was very familiar with integrating.

The surveillance contract is designed to create a unified system that will range from video analytics to sensing devices, and part of the intent is to create useable information which does not "silo" the different technologies.

Northrop Grumman reports that its implementation team will include New Technology Management of Reston, Va.; CLMS of Arlington, Va.; and GRW of Muskogee, Okla.

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