Stranger Things–GDIT Patrols U.S.-Mexico Border for CBP

It’s tough patrolling on the U.S.-Mexico border–extreme weather conditions, rugged terrain, and thousands of miles of it. That’s why DHS Customs and Border Protection needs mobile, next-generation reconnaissance and surveillance solutions like Relocatable-Remote Video Surveillance System (R-RVSS). And, GDIT just completed a successful R-RVSS pilot program with CBP in Laredo and McAllen, Texas.

So, what is an R-RVSS? Good question. It’s a multi-sensor electro-optical and infrared array mounted on an 80 foot relocatable tower. Think of this as an information gathering artillery piece to complement airborne drones. R-RVSS provide real-time situational awareness, empowering CBP to detect, track, and resolve threats in remote locations.

An R-RVSS tower patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border. (Photo: GDIT)

Yes, it does look like a prop from Stranger Things. If you’re looking for a close encounter, GDIT hopes to expand deployment across the Rio Grande Valley in 2018.

Steve O'Keeffe
About Steve O'Keeffe
Steve O'Keeffe is the founder of MeriTalk, the government IT network. MeriTalk is an online community that hosts professional networking, thought leadership, and focused events to drive the government IT dialogue. A 20-year veteran of the government IT community, O'Keeffe has worked in government and industry. In addition to MeriTalk, he founded Mobile Work Exchange, GovMark Council, and O’Keeffe & Company.