Ericsson Leads Team for SBInet Proposal

June 2, 2006
Company teams with L-3, SYColeman Corp, Fluor Corp., others

America's Border Security Group, a strategic partnership led by Ericsson Inc. of Plano, Texas, offers a fully operational and comprehensive border protection system to address the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Secure Border Initiative (SBInet). Based on commercial high-speed mobile broadband technology and IP applications, this proven-performance system integrates existing personnel, infrastructure and technology into an SBInet solution delivering fast, efficient and transparent communications for both people and sensors.

ABSG member companies are trusted government partners across a broad range of Homeland Security functions. The ABSG team led by Ericsson Inc. (NASDAQ:ERICY) includes Computer Sciences Corporation (NYSE:CSC); Fluor Corporation (NYSE:FLR); SYColeman Corporation, a division of L3 Communications; MTC Technologies; CAMBER Corporation; AEP Networks, Inc.; Texas A&M University and The University of Texas at Austin.

The ABSG solution is designed to meet the actual operational needs of Customs and Border Protection. It integrates both new and legacy technologies, Commercial Off-the-Shelf Technology (COTS) and Government Off-the-Shelf Technology (GOTS) software systems, a comprehensive Concept of Operations and rapid response capabilities to address Customs and Border Protection operational needs. Embedded in the system is the ability to provide continuous refining and upgrading of operational processes, supporting technology and support to all law enforcement agencies.

Ericsson's Border and Area Security (EBAS) system is already operational in the European Union (EU) as part of the EU's Schengen secure border surveillance project.

"ABSG has created a flexible, mobile communications solution for a mobile communications problem," said Douglas Smith, vice president and general manager of Ericsson Inc.'s Government Solutions group. "Deterrence is key to winning the SBInet mission, and effective, efficient and transparent communications is the key to deterrence. The ABSG solution combines the best of global experience, proven commercial off-the-shelf technology and best-in-class program management."

As a global leader in mobile communications solutions, systems integration and border surveillance systems, Ericsson's ABSG is committed to open systems architectures and standards-based solutions. Moreover, ABSG brings factual lessons learned from years of border surveillance system programs and is the only team with actual risk mitigation experience based on the employment of a proven border security system. These credentials will assure faster implementation timelines and lower risks and costs for the customer.

Ericsson and its ABSG member companies are trusted government partners, actively involved in hundreds of government and commercial contracts. The team today is delivering border control, air and coastal surveillance, communications solutions, tactical infrastructure and national and international security operations and facility support.

Ericsson is shaping the future of Mobile and Broadband Internet communications through its continuous technology leadership. Providing innovative solutions in more than 140 countries, Ericsson is helping to create the most powerful communication companies in the world.