DHS gives itself 30 days to decide SBInet fate – Homeland Security Newswire

DHS has bought itself time to decide whether to proceed with a beleaguered border security project by retaining the system’s contractor on a temporary 30-day basis, according to House lawmakers who requested an audit of the program.

In 2006 DHS awarded Boeing Co. a 3-year contract with several optional one-year extensions to roll out the Secure Border Initiative Network (SBInet), in the hope of establishing better detection of illegal breaches at U.S. points of entry. The network was to feature an array of surveillance technologies, including cameras, radars, sensors, and customized situational awareness software.