Lucent Technologies Joins Boeing-Led Team Competing for Secure Border Contract

Lucent Technologies lends its expertise in wireless, network management,

network integration and Bell Labs leading-edge research capabilities to

Boeing team

Jul 31, 2006, 01:00 ET from Lucent Technologies

    MURRAY HILL, N.J., July 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lucent
 Technologies today announced it has been selected as a member of the Boeing
 team that is pursuing the SBInet program. The Boeing-led team submitted its
 proposal to the U.S. government and is competing for an estimated $2
 billion contract award.
     The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Secure Border Initiative
 (SBI) is a comprehensive plan to secure U.S. borders and reduce illegal
 immigration. SBInet will enable an optimal balance of people, technology
 and infrastructure to give the U.S. government a comprehensive and
 integrated border protection solution. The SBInet contract is expected to
 be awarded in September 2006.
     "Lucent and Bell Labs have an incredible track-record of providing
 leading-edge, technology and critical communications services to the U.S.
 government," said Wayne Esser, Boeing SBInet capture team lead. "We are
 pleased to have them as a part of the Boeing team that brings together a
 wealth of security experience and has the opportunity to offer truly
 innovative new technologies to support and strengthen U.S. borders."
     Lucent and Bell Labs have been fully integrated into the Boeing
 communications leadership team and will perform duties ranging from
 wireline and wireless network design, analysis, and modeling functions
 spanning voice, data, and sensor communications; to leveraging Bell Labs
 industry leadership in forward-looking advanced communications and sensor
     Lucent brings a net-centric approach to the Boeing team that leverages
 existing Homeland Security networks, legacy RF communications, as well as
 commercial wireless communications and empowers multi-media communications
 across these converged networks via its industry-leading IP Multimedia
 Subsystem (IMS).
     "The last few years we have focused on driving dramatic leaps forward
 in wireless and nanotechnology capabilities," said Gary Monetti, director,
 Strategic Alliances, Lucent Technologies. "We will work closely with the
 Boeing team to leverage breakthroughs in each of these disciplines to
 produce increasingly more efficient, miniaturized, capable, and cheaper
 communication and sensor technologies. We feel these types of revolutionary
 developments will be key aspects of improving the capability-to-cost
 relationships in border surveillance."
     In addition to Lucent Technologies, The Boeing-led SBInet team includes
 the following major contractors DRS Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group
 (Palm Bay, Fla.), Kollsman (Merrimack, N.H.), L-3 Communications
 (Washington, D.C.), Perot Systems (Plano, Texas)-- Unisys Global Public
 Sector (Reston, Va.) -- Unisys Global Public Sector has expertise in
 homeland security and law enforcement information systems and information
 technology infrastructure, engineering, operations and maintenance.
     About Lucent Technologies
     Lucent Technologies designs and delivers the systems, services and
 software that drive next-generation communications networks. Backed by Bell
 Labs research and development, Lucent uses its strengths in mobility,
 optical, software, data and voice networking technologies, as well as
 services, to create new revenue-generating opportunities for its customers,
 while enabling them to quickly deploy and better manage their networks.
 Lucent's customer base includes communications service providers,
 governments and enterprises worldwide. For more information on Lucent
 Technologies, which has headquarters in Murray Hill, N.J., USA, visit

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