Dept of Homeland Security Chooses Smart Border Alliance for US-VISIT Program

Jun 04, 2004

The Accenture-led Smart Border Alliance has been selected by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to design and implement the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) program. The Smart Border Alliance also includes Raytheon, The Titan Corporation, and SRA International, Inc. Under the contract, which includes five base years plus five option years, the Smart Border Alliance will help develop and implement a new entry/exit system to be deployed at the nation's more than 400 air, land, and sea ports of entry.

US-VISIT will be designed to provide the capability to record the entry and exit of non-U.S. citizens to the United States, to verify the identity of incoming visitors, and to confirm compliance with visa and immigration policies. The system will be designed to record the entry and exit of visitors through the use of digital-finger scans and digital photos captured at the ports of entry. The goals of the US-VISIT program are to enhance the security of U.S. citizens and visitors, expedite legitimate travel and trade, ensure the integrity of the immigration system, and safeguard the personal privacy of visitors and immigrants.

The end vision for the Smart Border Alliance solution is built around the concept of a virtual border. The virtual border is designed to operate far beyond U.S. boundaries to help DHS assess the security risks of all U.S.-bound travelers and prevent potential threats from reaching U.S. borders. The U.S. Congress has mandated that US-VISIT must be deployed at the top 50 U.S. land ports of entry by December 31, 2004.