Unisys awarded US CBP contract to assess cargo risk

Unisys Corporation has been selected by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to develop, operate and manage systems used for risk assessments of people and cargo.

The company will provide big data analytics, cloud and biometrics capabilities to the agency’s Targeting and Analysis Systems Program Directorate (TASPD). CBP is part of the US Department if Homeland Security.

The time and materials task order, awarded under the US General Services Administration’s Alliant Government-Wide Acquisition Contract, spans 5.5 years and features a six-month base period followed by 10 six-month option periods. All options are exercisable at the discretion of the government.

This work will support TASPD’s Office of Information and Technology, which provides technology solutions that support CBP inspection and enforcement activities to help the agency protect US borders and facilitate legitimate trade and travel.

The Unisys solution quickly deploys new capabilities like big data analytics, cloud and biometrics to help CBP officers and agents automatically identify which shipments or travelers present a low risk appropriate for ‘low touch’ automated clearance and those that present a higher risk requiring additional investigation or inspection. This process allows CBP to avoid clearance delays by focusing resources on inspecting and analysing high-risk travelers and cargo.

Unisys Federal group vice president for Homeland Security and Critical Infrastructure, Amy Rall said: “Border security continues to be a priority for the country, and our work on TASPD is a positive illustration of how technology can be applied to assess risk related to the millions of cargo and travelers entering and exiting the country each day.

“Unisys is extremely pleased and proud to have the opportunity to continue our partnership with the TASPD organization and to help secure the nation’s supply chain and support CBP’s layered defense strategy for international cargo and passengers.”