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General Dynamics marks milestone for U.S. border systems
by Ryan Maass
Washington (UPI) Apr 11, 2017


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recognized full operating capability for the border surveillance system upgrades delivered by General Dynamics.

General Dynamics was contracted in 2013 to upgrade Remote Video Surveillance Systems, or RVSS, used to patrol the U.S.-Mexican border. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency sought to improve situational awareness and the equipment used by its personnel.

RVSS is comprised of electro-optical and infrared sensors used to relay information to border patrol agents. The systems communicate with real-time video to track and identify threats along the border.

General Dynamics announced a successful round of testing for the upgrades in October 2015. On Tuesday, the company marked another milestone for its work.

"Reaching a full operating capability designation is a testament to both the effectiveness of the RVSS solution and our continued partnership with CBP," General Dynamics' Dan Busby said in a press release.

The full operating capability announcement comes as the Trump Administration pushes for bolder border protection measures.

While the president has backed plans to build a wall along the southern border, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has expressed doubts over whether it will cover the entire region.

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Colombia orders protection for musdlide town
Bogota (AFP) April 9, 2017
Colombia's government on Sunday ordered measures to protect the stricken town of Mocoa from deforestation thought to have contributed to a deadly mudslide. The March 31 torrent of earth killed 316 people including more than 100 children after three rivers flooded near the Amazon town, according to authorities. Environment Minister Luis Alberto Murillo announced that the at-risk area wher ... read more

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