Border Patrol Holding Contest For Robotic Tech Used In Underground Smuggling Tunnels

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has put out the call for companies to provide robotic surveillance and technology that can map out underground tunnels and report on structures, contents, threats and obstacles along the southern border. 

"DHS S&T is interested in evaluating robotic communication capabilities to characterize underground structures, contents, threats and obstacles along the U.S. southern border," reads the Request for Information (RFI). "These environments range in size and shape, but are all characterized by lack of GPS-signal, short distance—less than 50 meters—line of sight, and a variety of building materials." 

In order to test out potential technologies, the DHS Science and Technology Directorate is hosting invite-only field trials in Arizona to be held in August of this year. 

The government is interested in the following capabilities:

DHS will award cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs) following the August demonstrations.