US - Mexico Border Boeing Security Systems Failure Examined

By: John Honovich, Published on Jan 13, 2010

At the US border with Mexico a billion USD has been spent on underground sensors, long range radars and high resolution and infrared cameras  but the best comment is on the project is, "it hasn't worked out so well" from the Executive Director of the Government Accountability Office. 

According to 60 minutes, Boeing promised

  • The first 28 miles would be completed in 8 months
  • The entire border would be under surveillance in three years
  • Camera ranges of up to 10 miles
  • Nobody would be able to cross the border without detection

Boing's current status on the project is:

  • 3 years later, the first 28 miles are still not complete
  • Bllions of our tax dollars have been spent
  • The old system is being phased out for version two of the project
  • Hardware is unreliable and requires extensive maintenance
  • Significant software bugs within the client software

See below for the US TV Show 60 minutes video report [link no longer available]:

One of the most significant factors in the failure is the fact that the left hand never spoke to the right hand - the Border Patrol was never consulted initially in the project. Field operatives should be one of the initial pieces of the puzzle.

As stated in the video, "that's a huge mistake," says Mark Borokowski, Executive Director of the project. Borokowski is the third on the project and hopes that version two is not another 'beta.'

According to Chief of Border Patrol, the system has contributed to 5K arrests and the confiscation of 15K lbs of marijuana. 

The Executive Director of the Government Accountability Office states, its a "bad deal for tax payers."

Note: Read SSN's post and discussion on this topic.

Comments : Members only. Login. or Join.

Related Reports

Phone Camera Calculator Released on Mar 10, 2020
IPVM has released the first-ever Phone Calculator, video surveillance design software that you can use on your phone, without installing an...
2020 Camera Book Released on Jan 10, 2020
This is the best, most comprehensive security camera training in the world, based on our unprecedented testing. Now, all IPVM PRO Members can get...
2020 IP Networking Book Released on Jan 06, 2020
The new IP Networking Book 2020 is a 280 page in-depth guide that teaches you how IT and telecom technologies impact modern security systems,...
IPVM Opens 12,000 Sqft Testing Facility on Dec 16, 2019
IPVM is proud to announce the opening of the world's first video surveillance testing facility that will allow us to significantly expand our...
Covert Elevator Face Recognition on Oct 24, 2019
Covert elevator facial recognition has the potential to solve the cost and complexity of elevator surveillance while engendering immense privacy...
Indonesia Security Association Chairman Interview on Aug 01, 2019
Indonesia is a huge country with a population close to the US and a fast-growing economy. Its security industry is also growing rapidly but faces...
Beware African 50,000 IP Camera Contract Scam on Jul 12, 2019
A “Nigerian Prince” scam for the video surveillance market is going around. You, or at least we, could be lucky enough to be the single bidder for...
Manufacturer Favorability Guide 2019 on Jun 12, 2019
The 259 page PDF guide may be downloaded inside by all IPVM members. It includes our manufacturer favorability rankings and individual...
Verkada Wins $783,000 Memphis Deal on Apr 29, 2019
The US city, most famous in video surveillance for standardizing on Hikvision, has issued an RFQ for 962 Verkada cameras due Wednesday, May 1,...
Hikvision AI Problems Criticized By Chinese Publication on Apr 09, 2019
Hikvision's facial recognition works poorly, causes delays and worsens learning, according to a new investigation by one of China's leading...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Dahua Faked Coronavirus Camera Marketing on Apr 01, 2020
Dahua has conducted a coronavirus camera global marketing campaign centered around a faked detection. Now, Dahua has expanded this to the USA,...
Video Surveillance Trends 101 on Apr 01, 2020
This report examines major industry factors and how they could impact video surveillance in the next 5 - 10 years. This is part of our Video...
USA's Seek Scan Thermal Temperature System Examined on Apr 01, 2020
This US company, Seek, located down the road from FLIR and founded by former FLIR employees is offering a thermal temperature system for the...
Terrible Convergint Coronavirus Thermal Camera Recommendation on Apr 01, 2020
A week after Convergint disclosed falling revenue, pay and job cuts, Convergint is touting 'extensive research' that is either grossly incompetent...
The IPVM New Products Online Show April 2020 Opens With 40+ Manufacturers on Mar 31, 2020
IPVM is excited to announce the first New Products Online show, with 40+ manufacturers, to be held April 14 to the 16th, free to IPVM members,...
USA's Feevr Thermal Temperature System Examined on Mar 31, 2020
This US company has burst on to the scene, brashly naming itself 'feevr' and branding itself as a "COVID 19 - AI BASED NON CONTACT THERMAL...
JCI Coronavirus Cuts on Mar 31, 2020
JCI has made coronavirus cuts, the company told employees in an email that IPVM has reviewed. Inside this note, we examine the cuts made, the...
Add Door Operators To Fight Coronavirus on Mar 31, 2020
IPVM recommends that integrators advocate and end-users consider adding door operators to fight the spread of coronavirus. This delivers...
Video Surveillance Business 101 on Mar 30, 2020
This report explains the fundamental elements of the video surveillance business for those new to the industry. This is part of our Video...
FDA Gives Guidance on 'Coronavirus' Thermal Fever Detection Systems on Mar 30, 2020
The US FDA has given IPVM guidance on the use of thermal fever detection systems being marketed for coronavirus, as an explosion of such devices...