Secure Border Initiative (SBInet) Northern Border Project – Buffalo and Detroit Sectors
MCS succeeded in designing and installing integrated surveillance systems in Detroit and Buffalo for US Customs and Border Protection. Recently, border agents used our cameras and communication network to stop a smuggling operation on the St. Clair River in Detroit.
MCS’ largest remote video surveillance system (RVSS) installation to date is a total operational success as every technical component is functioning at or above specification and was completed on time and under budget. Our team of 27 engineers, technicians, and project managers quickly mobilized to design, install and test the systems that feature 72 infrared cameras, 34 microwaves, 18 towers, two communication command centers, and one mile of underwater cable.“MCS is the right company to perform your upcoming project.” - CBP Agent, Greg Lambert “MCS has done a first class job. I am very pleased with the quality and responsiveness.” - Tom Ferrandino, Buffalo CBP Agent "MCS has scored a green in every category, by every Boeing Evaluator (stakeholder) on this effort to date" - Mark Clem, Boeing Project Manager
Radio Station Cabinet (RSC) Design, Production, Deployment – Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast System (ADS-B) Initiative
MCS of Tampa has partnered with Information Telecom Technology (ITT) to manufacture the new cutting-edge, high-tech RSCs that form the backbone of the equipment that will be installed in various locations throughout the United States. The ADS-B Program, which is an FAA - approved program, consist of installing GPS tracking systems for aircraft carriers to provide adequate data of surrounding air space. This new technology will replace the traditional radar-based system throughout the country. The ADS-B system is forming incrementally, and MCS' finished cabinets are supplying the sole means of surveillance over the Gulf of Mexico, which enables improved control over aircraft traveling through this airspace.
The City of Hollywood, FL now has its own claim to fame as “Wireless Hollywood,” thanks to MCS’ installation of a wireless mesh network throughout the City’s 27 square miles - the largest Motorola mesh network on the planet!
In just 18 months MCS has deployed 750 internet access points (IAPs) that are connected to 11 backhaul sites around the City. The sum of the devices – two-system radios/routers, subscriber modules, canopy radios, point-to-point radios, antennas - forms a monolithic mesh network; Hollywood’s very own internet. Each strategically located IAP is a two-radio system that uses a 2.4 GHz radio for the general public, City code enforcement and utilities; while a 4.9 GHz radio is exclusively dedicated for law enforcement and emergency first responders. The system notably increases data throughput over a single-radio system.
MCS’ deployment methods were enhanced by VMM (vehicle mounted modems) which allowed installers to quickly and precisely determine the proper installation point for each radio while driving through Hollywood neighborhoods. The use of mobile modems that offer 3 Mbps at 70 mph also made for accurate testing of each IAP after installation; MCS achieved a “run through” of the system point by point. The VMM is a new product line that is now tested beyond the beta stage thanks to MCS’ implementation. The network features packet filtering to isolate threats, enhance security; and to provide power balancing, interference mitigation, and ground coverage with high throughput. The total user count will exceed 3,000, with page requests totalling more than 200,000. The average load is 5 Mbps, while the capacity Is 10. The network is a carrier class system that can replace Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) services.
MCS has helped the City realize its stated slogan: “Wireless Hollywood”. Our network enables the following services:
- Free outdoor internet access to all residents, businesses and visitors
- Secure wireless access for emergency first reponders and police officers; even on the go
- Automated water meters that use the mesh network for customer billing; the new technology delivers accurate readings, less people, leak detection, and it allows the water department to monitor usage patterns.
- A total of 60,000 automated meters
- Parking meters will also be online soon; cellular meters are in operation in the interim
Performance Testing and Maintenance
The mesh network has been tested at 96.3 percent street level coverage on the 4.9 Ghz public band, and each point tested well above the signal strength standard (-79 RSSI signal strength). The radios at the 2.4 Ghz safety frequency demonstrated almost 95 percent (94.7) aggregate wireless coverage during our most recent testing.
MCS tested each IAP for speed as well as connectivity, and each access point averaged over 3 Mbps throughput with no failure. The network in the aggregate is 100 percent compliant.
MCS managers and technicians provided assurance to the City during the course of the deployment by conducting remote monitoring and power cycling via laptop until the project was completely in the City’s control. MCS is also keeping five or six radios for backup in the event of a failure or damage that occurs in the course of city operations.
MCS teamed with L3 Communications - L-3 STRATIS (formerly Enterprise IT Solutions) division to address USSOCOM’s need for a configuration management (CM) system provide a logical model of infrastructure (software, hardware and services) and a means of maintaining control over these items through effective incident, problem, change and release management at 10 different locations throughout the CONUS. The project was executed in two phases in a period of performance of nine months
- Phase I was a six month effort that included eliciting requirements, determining configuration items (CIs), conducting an RFI and subsequent evaluation of candidate CM systems for implementation on the Department of Defense NIPRnet. MCS recommended the implementation of a specific CM system based on the testing and evaluation of that system against the Use Case scenarios developed from the requirements. The selected CM tool was then installed, configured and loaded with the client’s CI data. A pilot (test bed) was then conducted by the customer on the customer’s premises. After a successful pilot, the CM System was approved for implementation, thus marking the end of Phase I of the project.
- Key deliverables during and at the end of this phase included:
- Scope Statement and Project Charter
- Integrated Master Schedule (IMS)
- Status reports (Cost Performance, Contract Funds Status, Progress and Management)
- CM System Selection Methodology and Evaluation Criteria
- CM System Testing Methodology and Test Results
- CI definitions and relationships
- Implementation Strategy and Schedule
- Draft CM System CONOPs
- Updated Policies and Procedures
- Test Plans (T&E)
- CM Evaluation/Demo (T&E)
- Phase II was a three month effort in which the CM solution recommended and approved in Phase I was integrated into the customer’s existing mission planning environment. The customer’s onsite configuration manager and field personnel were trained to use the configuration management tool.
- Key deliverables during and at the end of this phase included:
- Status reports
- Security Risk Assessment
- Test Report (T&E)
- A fielded and operational CM System
- Finalized CM System CONOPS
- Systems diagrams and database configuration baselines
- All prepared training and briefing documentation
- A “Way Ahead” strategy
- Closeout Report