Lucent to participate in Boeing-led network project

04 Aug 2006
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Lucent Technologies announced that it has been selected as a member of the Boeing team that is pursuing the SBInet program.

The Boeing-led team submitted its proposal to the US government and is competing for an estimated $2 billion contract award.

The US Department of Homeland Security's Secure Border Initiative (SBI) is a comprehensive plan to secure US borders and reduce illegal immigration.

SBInet will enable an optimal balance of people, technology and infrastructure to give the US government a comprehensive and integrated border protection solution. The SBInet contract is expected to be awarded in September 2006.

'Lucent and Bell Labs have an incredible track-record of providing leading-edge, technology and critical communications services to the U.S. government,' said Wayne Esser, Boeing SBInet capture team lead. 'We are pleased to have them as a part of the Boeing team that brings together a wealth of security experience and has the opportunity to offer truly innovative new technologies to support and strengthen U.S. borders.'

Lucent and Bell Labs have been fully integrated into the Boeing communications leadership team and will perform duties ranging from wireline and wireless network design, analysis, and modeling functions spanning voice, data, and sensor communications; to leveraging Bell Labs industry leadership in forward-looking advanced communications and sensor technologies.

Lucent brings a net-centric approach to the Boeing team that leverages existing Homeland Security networks, legacy RF communications, as well as commercial wireless communications and empowers multi-media communications across these converged networks via its industry-leading IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS).

'The last few years we have focused on driving dramatic leaps forward in wireless and nanotechnology capabilities,' said Gary Monetti, director, Strategic Alliances, Lucent Technologies. 'We will work closely with the Boeing team to leverage breakthroughs in each of these disciplines to produce increasingly more efficient, miniaturized, capable, and cheaper communication and sensor technologies. We feel these types of revolutionary developments will be key aspects of improving the capability-to-cost relationships in border surveillance.'

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