L-3 Communications Government Services Inc. of Chantilly has won a three-year order worth as much as $107.9 million to support the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Visitor and Immigration Status Indicator Technology program(US-VISIT).
The company will provide technical support for biometric workstations that verify the identity of nonimmigrant visa holders, primarily through digital fingerprinting, as they leave the United States. The company will maintain information kiosks where departing foreign nationals enter information about their stay, such as the length of their visit, where they are going and whether they enjoyed their visit. L-3 GSI also will provide multilingual assistants to walk the visitors through the process.
As part of the US-VISIT program, which tracks the entries and exits of foreign visitors, the company will provide the services at all U.S. airports and seaports with international departures.
"It's important to understand the benefits of this DHS [program]," said Paul Karch, national director of business development for information technology services at L-3 GSI, "including being able to establish a positive experience for foreign travelers, so that we're not providing things that seem to block individuals in this country."
The project rollout began this month at some of the nation's largest airports and will eventually include smaller airports that handle international visitors, Karch said.
The order was awarded under the General Services Administration's Millennia Lite contract, a multiple-award, government-wide acquisition contract that provides IT solutions worldwide. The contract includes 33 prime contractors with four areas of focus, including IT planning, studies and analysis; high-end IT services; mission support services; and legacy systems migration and new enterprise systems development.
L-3 GSI, a subsidiary of L-3 Communications Corp. of New York, specializes in command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance solutions, called in contracting terminology C4ISR. It also makes wireless communications and integrates enhanced video surveillance systems, access-control systems and other homeland defense technologies.
The company employs more than 2,000 and had revenue of $400 million in 2003. Its federal customers include the Defense and Homeland Security departments, state and local governments and intelligence agencies.
L-3 Communications Corp. provides a range of technology-based services, support and products to federal, state and local governments and to the commercial sector. It employs 38,000 and had revenue of $5.1 billion in 2003.
For more details on this and other technology contracts, go to www.washingtontechnology.com. Roseanne Gerin is a staff writer with Washington Technology.