On the border

In a deal that could be worth $10 billion, a team of companies led by Accenture has been selected to design and develop a high-tech security system that will be deployed at US borders.

In a deal that could be worth $10 billion, a team of companies led by Accenture has been selected to design and develop a security system that will be deployed at all US ports of entry.

The Accenture-led ‘Smart Border Alliance’ was selected yesterday by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to design and implement the so-called US-VISIT (United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology) system.

Aside from Accenture, other key Smart Border Alliance members include Raytheon, Titan Corporation, and SRA International.

The system itself will be able to record the entry and exit of non-US citizens to the United States, to verify the identity of incoming visitors and to confirm compliance with visa and immigration policies.

This will be achieved through the use of digital-finger scans and digital photos that will be taken from visitors at all US ports of entry.

The US Congress has mandated that US-VISIT system must be deployed at the top fifty US land ports of entry by December 31, 2004.

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