A US engineering and IT government contractor. Its subsidiary FLIR Systems provides mobile surveillance systems to monitor the US-Mexico border.
FLIR Systems, headquartered in Wilsonville, Oregon, is a technology company that services government and defense, industrial, and commercial markets. The company employs about 3,542 employees and made $1.8 billion in annual revenue in 2017.
Surveillance technologies used on the US-Mexico Border
FLIR Systems was highlighted as one of the fourteen main border security companies in a report published by the Transnational Institute and No Mas Muertes. Between 2008 and 2019 it held 75 contracts with CBP, amounting to $157.4 million. FLIR Systems has provided surveillance tools to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) since 2006, including long range thermal imaging systems, known as the Ranger, and Mobile Surveillance Capability (MSC) vehicles. FLIR Systems’ contracts with CBP between 2004 and 2018 have totaled $129 million. In 2011, FLIR was awarded a $101.9 million contract to provide MSC vehicles to CBP that detect and track migrants at border crossings. The contract was extended through 2017 with a concluded award amount of $93.5 million, its largest single contract to date.
Surveillance technologies used in the occupied Palestinian territory
Through its subsidiary, ICx Technologies, Inc., FLIR Systems has provided radar technologies used by Motorola Solutions in its surveillance border systems in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
Motorola Solutions Israel contracted with the Israeli Ministry of Defense in 2005 to provide a Wide Area Surveillance System, a radar movement detection system used for surveillance on the Separation Wall and the barrier around Gaza called MotoEagle. MotoEagle is also installed in at least 25 settlements and settler outposts in the West Bank, some of which are put into place on private Palestinian land. The system includes radars and cameras to detect human movement outside the settlements, and it is based on radars provided by ICx Radar Systems.