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We asked: How will Boeing succeed with the SBI-Net project?

Be seamless

"It will not be with individual technologies, but rather integrating them into a seamless solution. They will need solutions that help them monitor and manage ... from the application layer through the infrastructure support layer.

"This is not something that should be bolted on after implementation, but should be planned into the solution from the beginning. All of the moving parts must move in unison."

Dan Kuchem

Manager, federal partner business development

Compuware Corp.

McLean, Va.

Be clear

"With a clearly defined, well-documented set of architecture-level requirements, along with well-written end-state capability statements that are vetted through all DHS divisions, not just Customs and Border Protection. The statements also need to be countersigned by other applicable U.S. agencies."

Al Peffley

Vice president, SE&I operations

Excalibur Specialty Services Inc.

Kelso, Wash.

Be innovative

"Boeing's ground-based proposal made the best sense. Schemes using unmanned aerial vehicles and the like would be too expensive and have inherent limitations.

"Still, Boeing needs some new thinking when it comes to sensor technology beyond the usual video, seismic, thermal and motion systems that have been around for many years and are very expensive to implement and monitor."

Phil Zimmermann


GeoSphere Systems LLC

Long Beach, Calif.

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