ICE Seeks Tech To Track Electronic Devices—Even Through Time


Immigration and Customs Enforcement is looking for a cloud-based subscription service that can pinpoint the exact locations of cellphones, laptops and other connected devices—even going back in time.

ICE is searching for geolocation services technology that can give an accurate location—either pinpoint or a designated polygonal area—for connected devices within a specific time window. The service should be able to identify locations going back at least two years or more.

According to a request for information posted Monday to FedBizOpps, ICE agents may use the service to locate electronic devices from geolocation data obtained through providers and applications, though it is unclear if the service could be used to pull geolocation data from confiscated devices. The service should be to pull data from numerous sources, including “Wi-Fi, Apps, Software Development Kit (SDK), Bidstream, Beacons, etc.,” and then reduce that information to a single data point.

The service and data should be cloud-based, with no information transferred to or residing on ICE networks. ICE agents should also be able to access the servers “without the need for additional hardware, middleware or software installation,” according to the RFI.

ICE officials want to ensure the data is accurate, as well, and included a clause requiring the vendor to clean and validate the data to account for spoofed signals, duplicate records and generally inaccurate information. 

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