Unisys Corp

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A US information technology company. Provides phone services to prisons and data collection systems to the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Unisys Corp is a publicly traded international information technology company headquartered in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. Unisys employs about 20,000 and it made $2.74 billion in annual revenue in 2017. It services 275 government agencies worldwide.

Phone Services to Prisons

Unisys provides management technologies and telephone systems to prisons. Between 2007 and 2018, Unisys has held a total of $2.1 million in contracts with the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Prisons and Federal Prison System. In 2005, Unisys signed a contract with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to install, maintain, and program prison telephone systems in over 110 BOP prisons nationwide. Unisys currently provides telephone services to New York State prisons, without paying a commission or kickback to the state.

Unisys also provides IT support for prisons in the Netherlands. In 2016, Unisys won a 10-year contract to provide a new “custody management solution” for prisons across the Netherlands. The contract was awarded to Unisys by the Dutch Custodial Institutions Service (DJI). In 2014, Unisys' subsidiary in the Netherlands, Unisys Nederland N.V., won a contract with DJI to deliver, implement, and manage a new biometrics “solution” for prisons across the country. DJI is responsible for approximately 12,000 prison cells in the Netherlands, where the biometric data for approximately 25,000 persons are recorded in the database of the judicial service establishments annually.

Border Monitoring and Surveillance

Unisys is a long time partner of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in particular U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Between 2010 and 2019, Unisys received over $2.5 billion dollars worth of contracts with CBP to provide IT services, surveillance and monitoring technology. The company has contracts to develop, integrate, operate, and maintain facial recognition systems that identify people, vehicles, and cargo passing through border crossings, using anything from facial recognition, license plate readers, RFID, biometrics and big data.

In 2016, CBP awarded Unisys a three year $229.7 million contract to implement biometric checks at U.S. ports of entry and exit in order to confirm the arrival and departure from the United States of all travelers. In response to President Trump’s 2018 Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” the Biometric Entry-Exit project awarded to Unisys was expedited. Unisys was accordingly awarded an additional contract to implement systems that would allow for supplementing documents such as passports with biometric information for travelers entering and exiting the United States.

Prior to the 2016 contract, Unisys worked with CBP to deploy automated license plate reader technology to screen vehicles crossing the border and radio frequency identification technology to confirm the identity and immigration or citizenship status of travelers. This contract was entitled the Land Border Integration (LBI) project. As part of a larger group of contracts with Unisys called the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative starting in 2008, the 2010 LBI contract was worth $190 million dollars from 2010 to 2017.

Economic Activism Highlights
  • On April 23, 2019 Berkeley City Council passed Sanctuary Contracting Ordinance on Tuesday after months of postponement. It is designed to prevent the city from entering into contracts with businesses that act as data brokers or provide extreme vetting services to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This ordinance would most likely include Unisys who is listed as an ICE Data Broker by the #DeportICE Campaign.
This profile was last updated on
18 October 2018