Past Features

May 16, 2015

DHS Unaware of Technology?
Left: Chief Vitiello -- Right: SEIDARM™ detects ultralight -- Watch
U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs -- May 13, 2015
Securing the Border: Fencing, Infrastructure, and Technology Force Multipliers
[May 13, 2015 02:00PM | Location: SD-342, Dirksen Senate Office Building]
Chief Vitiello: ....I think our biggest challenge collectively with Air/Marine in our shop trying to procure there is this low, slow - radar detection for low, slow, what they call ultralight aircraft. That's been a challenge for us. We've tried a couple of different systems - had some success - but not as far along as we'd like to be.
Undetected Technology?
Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol  
For the past three years, American Border Patrol - the non-profit on the border -- has been demonstrating a system that can detect low-flying aircraft.
    In August of 2013, I briefed the head of CBP's Office of Technology Innovation and Acquisition on the capability of this system.
    The system, now called SEIDARM™ by its developer, Border Technology, Inc., was shown to detect low-flying ultralight aircraft when CBP radar could not.
    If Customs and Border Protection is having such a hard time detecting ultralight aircraft, why haven't they even taken time to come down and check SEIDARM™ out?