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Thursday, July 15, 2004

"Virtual Borders" initiative: Growth opportunity for businesses

Apart from the $8 billion that I had highlighted in the article "Business Opportunities in Homeland Security", Accenture is now reporting that it has been awarded the work to implement the US-VISIT program being implemented by the Department of Homeland Security. This is an additional expense by the federal government. While it is not clear what the total value of this project is, other reports indicate that as much as $15 billion will be spent on the "Virtual Borders" initiative this year.

This specific project will be supervised by Accenture which leads the Smart Border Alliance that includes other companies like Raytheon, The Titan Corporation, and SRA International, Inc. While The Smart Border Alliance, whose member companies employ more than 330,000 people in the United States, should be able to do a lot of the work on its own, but I will expect that a lot of the work will be farmed out to contractors and other business partners.

So if you have capabilities in the areas of information technology, databases, digital imaging, networking, and other associated technologies to capture the entry and exit data of visitors through the use of digital-finger scans and digital photos at the ports of entry, then you must start approaching the right people to grab some of the work.