Mint Controls to Upgrade PRSS at Otay Mesa East Port of Entry for Department of Homeland Security and US Customs & Border Patrol

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Increased efficiency of the current PRSS system expected after completion of security upgrades by Mint Controls.

East Lane Fiber and Security Rendering for Port Runner Suppression System at the Otay Mesa Crossing

Port Runner Suppression System at the Otay Mesa Crossing

"We are pleased to be able to provide this upgrade to the existing PRSS.” said Jason Mindte of Mint Controls. “We believe these upgrades will improve efficiency, safety and communication at the border."

Mint Controls, Inc., a leading provider of IoT solutions, announced this week their plans to upgrade the PRSS at the Otay Mesa East Port of Entry. This upgrade is being completed for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under the United States Customs and Border Patrol (CBP). The upgrades are expected to increase efficiency of the current PRSS system.

The upgrades provided by Mint Controls will include the installation of new electrical service panels, replacement of the communications pull box and replacement of all east side fiber cables with new, improved armored TiniFiber. The upgrade will also include the installation of new spike strips and gates.

Armored fiber cables are able to carry a much higher bandwidth frequency than unarmored cable. The TiniFiber cable used in this upgrade is rated for both indoor and outdoor use. Mint Controls will use existing conduit to replace the current fiber.

The new spike strips provided in the upgrade are made from high quality stainless steel. The strips have plastic tips that are specially designed to not break off or cause damage to anything less than three hundred pounds. The spike strips come in convenient two-foot sections. This allows for greater coverage of the area. These features are expected to increase safety and reduce the chance of port runners at the border crossing.

Mint Controls uses a programming server based system that is easy to configure and update. Changes that took days with the previous system can be made in minutes. Prior to installation, all upgrades are created using advanced design 3D modeling. This enables Mint Controls to fully create and test the system before installation at the site.

“We are pleased to be able to provide this upgrade to the existing PRSS.” said Jason Mindte of Mint Controls. “We believe these upgrades will improve efficiency, safety and communication at the border.”

The purpose of the PRSS is for the control of traffic through the San Diego/Baja California border. The PRSS ensures vehicles are not allowed access through the border without permission from a qualified border patrol agent.

The PRSS includes multiple gates and warnings to alert drivers to stop. If they fail to do so, the system is designed to disable the port runner’s vehicle so that border patrol officers can apprehend the driver.

Federal agencies in both the United States and Mexico have made considerable efforts in recent years to reduce wait times at the border crossing. The current system, which is maintained exclusively by Mint Controls, has proven extremely successful. The upgrades to the system will make the PRSS even more efficient by improving communication and safety while eliminating the risk of downtime and error.

About Mint Controls, Inc.

Mint Controls, Inc. provides IoT solutions for businesses of all shapes and sizes in a variety of industries. The company tailors their solutions based on their client’s individual needs. Mint Controls provide design, maintenance, installation and support of their backwards-compatible, smart solutions. The company has headquarters in Irvine, CA.

For more information about Mint Controls, Inc., please visit http://www.mintcontrols.com.

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