McQ Inc. said Boeing has selected it to provide a family of unattended sensors for the Homeland Security Departmentâ€™s electronic border fence project, called the Secure Border Initiative Network (SBInet). McQ has a basic ordering agreement to provide unattended acoustic, magnetic and infrared sensors, according to contract information posted on Boeingâ€™s online SBInet Toolbox contract page.
This summer, the Army Research Lab selected McQâ€™s unattended ground sensors as one of 10 â€œgreatest inventionsâ€ of 2006.
In a related development, the House Homeland Security Committee plans to hold a hearing on the troubled SBInet project Oct. 24. DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff threatened last month to withhold payments on SBInet until Boeing fixes problems on a 28-mile pilot project in Arizona. â€œI'm not going to buy something with U.S. government money unless I'm satisfied it works in the real world,â€ Chertoff said last month at a congressional hearing.