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Customs and Border Protection official to speak at IEEE Homeland Security Conference


WASHINGTON (10 July 2012) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection official Mark S. Borkowski will be a keynote speaker at the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security (HST '12).

Borkowski, an assistant commissioner in CBP's Office of Technology Innovation and Acquisition, will discuss border security technologies and outcomes.

HST '12, scheduled for 13-15 November in Waltham, Mass., outside Boston, will assemble global science and technology thought leaders to foster homeland security technology innovation. It will also showcase peer-reviewed technical papers highlighting emerging technologies in:

  • Cyber Security
  • Attack & Disaster Preparation, Recovery & Response
  • Borders & Maritime Security
  • Biometrics & Forensics

CBP, part of the Department of Homeland Security, guards approximately 4,000 miles of border with Canada, 2,000 miles of border with Mexico and 2,600 miles of shoreline. It annually processes approximately 340 million travelers at U.S. points of entry and more than 29 million trade entries. CBP's Border Patrol and Air and Marine agents' mission is to prevent illegal entry of people and goods into the United States.

In February testimony before the House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Homeland Security, Borkowski and colleagues Michael Kostelnik and Kevin K. McAleenan described some of the technology the agency employs:

"CBP has also deployed additional technology assets - including mobile surveillance units, thermal imaging systems, and large-and small-scale non-intrusive inspection equipment - along the southwest border, and currently has 128 aircraft and six Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) that provide critical aerial surveillance assistance to personnel on the ground. Over the next two years we will continue the deployment of technology to Arizona to enhance our security efforts and maintain our commitment to ensuring a safe and secure border."

Nearly 400 people attended HST '11, and input from international partners is encouraged.


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HST '12 is produced by IEEE with technical support from the DHS Science & Technology Directorate, IEEE Biometrics Council, IEEE Boston Section ( and IEEE-USA. MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Raytheon, MITRE and Battelle are providing organizational support.

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