Brazilian Army Selects a Local Supplier for 16,000 km Border Monitoring Program

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The Brazilian Army has selected the Tepro consortium as a single provider for Sisfron, the Integrated Border Monitoring System (Sistema Integrado de Monitoramento de Fronteiras – Sisfron). The system will establish a network of sensors and effectors controlled from the Sisfron central facility in the capital Brazilia. The 10 year project started in 2009 and is expected to complete in 2019, at a cost of US$6 billion. The current selection is related to the initial implementation phase to span over two years,  to follow by additional two-year phases addressing other border areas.

By 2019 Brazil’s SISFRON integrated border monitoring will control over 16,000 kilometers of borderlines. Photo: Brazilian Army

The consortium now expects to enter the next step in the process, conducting the contract negotiation for the first phase of the program, establishing border monitoring of land borders in an area under the responsibility of the Brazilian Western Military Command. In all, Sisfron will include the surveillance and protection of the country’s land borders along a stretch of 16,886 kilometers that separate Brazil from 11 neighboring countries, and extend along ten States, encompassing 27% of the Nation’s territory. The Sisfron monitoring and communications network will support the military, federal police, environmental agencies, local authorities and civil defense.

Tepro was formed by Savis Tecnologia e Sistemas S/A and OrbiSat Indústria e Aerolevantamento S/A, two companies controlled by Embraer Defense and Security Group. Savis was created to work on integrated management of border, strategic infrastructures and natural resources surveillance and control projects, in alignment with the guidelines of Brazil´s National Defense Strategy. OrbiSat specializes in remote sensing and aerial and terrestrial surveillance radars. The company has developed several types of radars and is providing remote sensing services for security and environmental monitoring applications over the Amazom basin.