The Trump administration began the building of the southern Border Wall with a bang as the government hosted a bidding program that entailed several builders to create prototypes of their proposals in order for the government awards committee to get a great view of what’s out there in the way of technology, security infrastructure, and cost-effectiveness for the taxpayer who is ultimately footing the bill.
The result was a resounding success where several companies began showing off their skills in the building department. Although the Fake News Industrial Complex was busy pooh-poohing the walls, employing quotes from illegals and Mexican citizens themselves who scoffed at the proposals, the fact is that the Democrats are ultimately worried that their permanent voter underclass may be threatened when illegals are prevented from entering the country. Even Representative Luis Gutierrez’s voice is becoming more shrill with every day that goes by in the Swamp.
The government is once again throwing out the call to a bunch of technology companies for a new concept in face recognition software and hardware that will be placed at the borders and record images of foreign nationals as they are departing and entering the country. This will serve to enhance the Customs and Border Protection agencies tasked with keeping this nation safe. The awarding of the contract will afford between $50K-$200K in four phases!
The Homeland Security Department wants technology that can passively scan the faces of foreign nationals crossing the U.S. border by car, ensuring that the individuals who enter the country are the same ones who leave it.
DHS’ Silicon Valley outpost is hosting an industry day Nov. 14 to solicit solutions that would let Customs and Border Protection scan people’s faces, even if they’re wearing sunglasses, hats or are looking away from the camera, without requiring them to slow down or exit the car.
DHS has been dinged on its biometric exit program before. Its overstay reports, which records who has overstayed their visa, are often incomplete, according to the Government Accountability Office, potentially causing “significant homeland security risks.”
The department’s Science and Technology Directorate is using Other Transaction Solicitations, a category of contracts designed to be awarded within weeks of the solicitation, and often for smaller contracts worth a few hundred thousand dollars.
The solicitation specifically seeks technology that can improve the infrastructure at land-based ports of entry, though DHS has various other programs dedicated to improving biometric exit-tracking at air and seaports. Those border checkpoints often experience snow or intense heat, which creates additional infrastructural challenges, according to the solicitation.
DHS also wants a solution that would anonymize the data if it happens to scan the face of a citizen exiting the country; the biometric exit-tracking is designed specifically to track the movement of foreign nationals.
The directorate anticipates making awards for $50,000 to $200,000 for up to four phases, ranging from proof of concept, prototype, a complex test and a full-fledged pilot.
The fact that President Trump has inspired a new era of spend-thrift attitudes in the government is welcome news and for all the naysayers out there, at the end of the day, and once Trump’s administration exits the White House, there will have been a net savings to the American people that puts all other administrations to shame.
In fact, the humiliation continues even today as job numbers continue to look up and unemployment continues to decline. Even the food stamps recipients numbers have plummeted while many in the veterans communities have seen an increased efficiency for their healthcare and pension affairs. The sad truth is that while Americans are cheering, the Democrats are continuing to sneer in derision.
Source: Defense One