FORT WORTH, TEXAS, August 8, 2016 – Elbit Systems of America, LLC, was recently named the winner of the Most Notable Border Security Program Award by Government Security News (GSN) for the Integrated Fixed Tower deployment to the United States Border Patrol. The Border Security award is one of the awards GSN presents annually to recognize “top leaders in new technologies and innovative security strategies” for Airport, Seaport, and Border Security.
“Elbit Systems of America appreciates the recognition received by Government Security News for the Integrated Fixed Towers (IFT) program,” commented Elbit Systems of America President and CEO Raanan Horowitz. “The GSN award is further evidence acknowledging the impact of our border security solutions and our commitment to being a key partner to the Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection and the United States Border Patrol,” continued Horowitz. “We have a proven history of delivering effective solutions and have made border security a long-term strategic focus, leveraging the latest technologies to solve the most difficult problems for the safety and security of the nation.”
Elbit Systems of America’s initial deployment of the IFT in the Nogales Arizona Area of Responsibility (AoR), was certified earlier this year by the then Acting Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, based on a review of “test results and agent feedback, confirming that the IFT system adds surveillance capability, increasing situational awareness and officer safety.” The second system is now being deployed in the Douglas Arizona AoR.
As the prime contractor, Elbit Systems of America integrates state-of-the-art sensors with a robust and flexible command and control system and human-machine interface specifically adapted to the Border Patrol’s operational needs. The system ensures a high degree of reliability in the demanding desert environment of the southwest border. The IFT system deployed in the Nogales AoR has been in 24/7 operation since August 2015 and provides Border Patrol Agents a high level of operational availability for increased awareness.