Lucent Technologies Awarded Secure Border Contract

MURRAY HILL, NJ /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lucent Technologies announced it is a participant on an industry team led by The Boeing Company that has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under its Secure Border Initiative (SBI) program. The contract for the department's technology component of the program, called SBInet, will be performed over a three-year period, with three one-year options.

The Boeing SBInet team will create and deploy a solution that will significantly improve the availability of information and tools to Border Patrol agents so they can better detect, identify, classify, and resolve illegal border activity by those who pose a threat to the U.S.

"We are pleased to have Lucent and Bell Labs play an important role by providing their expertise, technology, and critical communications services to Boeing and our partners in the effort to help DHS secure, strengthen, and defend our U.S. borders," said Wayne Esser, Boeing SBInet capture team lead.

Lucent and Bell Labs have been fully integrated into the Boeing communications leadership team and will perform duties ranging from wireline and wireless network design, analysis, and modeling functions spanning voice, data, and sensor communications. Lucent's Bell Labs will also leverage its industry leadership in forward-looking R&D, including advanced communications, nanotechnology, and sensor technologies.

"Lucent and its Bell Labs R&D division will be providing the Boeing team with a vast wealth of multidisciplinary expertise in support of the SBInet project," said Gary Monetti, director of strategic alliances, Lucent Technologies. "From our leadership in spread-spectrum wireless technologies to expertise in network transformation and network security, as well as our strengths in the emerging field of nanotechnology and sensors, Lucent looks forward to making many contributions across the entire span of the SBInet project led by Boeing."

Lucent brings a network-transformation approach to the Boeing team that will leverage existing Homeland Security networks and legacy RF communications, as well as commercial wireless communications. Lucent's expertise will also help the team enable multimedia communications capabilities across the converged networks in SBInet via its industry-leading IP Multimedia Subsystem architecture.

In addition to Lucent, the Boeing-led SBInet core team includes:

  • Centech -- Arlington, VA


  • DRS Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group -- Palm Bay, FL


  • Kollsman Inc. (an Elbit Systems of America company) -- Merrimack, NH


  • L-3 Government Services Inc. -- Washington, DC


  • L-3 Communication Systems West -- Salt Lake City, UT


  • Perot Systems -- Plano, TX


  • Unisys Global Public Sector -- Reston, VA


  • USIS -- Washington, DC

About Lucent Technologies
Lucent Technologies designs and delivers the systems, services, and software that drive next-generation communications networks. Backed by Bell Labs research and development, Lucent uses its strengths in mobility, optical, software, and data and voice networking technologies, as well as services, to create new revenue-generating opportunities for its customers, while enabling them to quickly deploy and better manage their networks. Lucent's customer base includes communications service providers, governments, and enterprises worldwide. For more information on Lucent Technologies, which has headquarters in Murray Hill, NJ, visit the company's Web site.

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