Custom's System Now on the Fast Track to Be Upgraded

Last month, malfunctions at the US Custom and Border Protection computer system at LAX caused massive problems for internationally arriving passengers. Today's LA Times reported that the planned overhaul of the computer system is being moved up. According to Ken Ritchhart, assistant commissioner in the Office of Information and Technology with Customs and Border Protection:

By Thanksgiving, or Christmas at the latest, the entire customs system at LAX will be redone, with not only new workstations, network switches, routers and cables, but also a snazzy new satellite backup system that will allow screeners to access network databases should local routers fail.

It bothers me when someone hedges their bets on an IS&T delivery date like that - it says the plan was made in haste - but we won't have to wait long to see whether that "snazzy" new system is put into place by Christmas.


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Robert Charette
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