US flag Official website of the Department of Homeland Security

Archived Content

In an effort to keep CBP.gov current, the archive contains content from a previous administration or is otherwise outdated.

Miami Border Patrol Sector Receives Two Mobile Remote Video Surveillance Systems To Deter and Detect Human and Drug Smuggling

Release Date: 
July 28, 2010

Pembroke Pines, Fla. - Border Patrol agents assigned to the Miami Sector have two new sets of high-tech eyes to help them keep a closer watch on the border.

The Miami Border Patrol Sector recently took delivery of two Mobile Remote Video Surveillance Systems (MRVSS). The systems consist of a sophisticated camera array attached to a hydraulic mast mounted in the bed of a pickup truck.

A Border Patrol agent assigned to the Miami Sector deploys a Mobile Remote Video Surveillance System (MRVSS) while conducting duties at Biscayne National Park in Key Biscayne, Florida. Miami Sector recently received two of the second-generation scope trucks.

A Border Patrol agent assigned to the Miami Sector deploys a Mobile Remote Video Surveillance System (MRVSS) while conducting duties at Biscayne National Park in Key Biscayne, Florida. Miami Sector recently received two of the second-generation scope trucks.

The systems, commonly called "scope trucks," allow Border Patrol agents to quickly establish surveillance of suspicious activity. It only takes a few minutes for agents to drive the truck to a suitable location, raise the mast and begin viewing images up to five miles away. The camera array uses a combination of technologies that allow agents to see images in daylight, at nighttime and in all sorts of weather.

"These systems provide us a valuable tool for the detection and interruption of activities that pose a security threat to our nation's border," said Miami Sector Chief Patrol Agent Matthew A. Zetts. "We are able to use them to greatly enhance our border security enforcement capabilities on land, on water, and in the air."

Because of their mobility, the systems will be deployed throughout Florida for use in securing the coastal border between the ports of entries against trans-national maritime smuggling threats, over-the-road highway anti-smuggling operations, and other special operations.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017