At the core of successful surveillance is the ability to collect data without detection. This can be problematic once those being observed become privy to the current, most innovative technologies used. Thus, as this current era of innovation evolves, the difficulties involved in collecting, interpreting, and processing ever-increasing amounts of data, sometimes in intense mobile environments, places extreme pressure on mobile platform designers and engineers. Current trends and future projections show that surveillance efforts continue to require greater consideration for systems technology in regards to size, weight and power (SWaP), as well as user experience, and high-security capabilities. That said, as organizations like Border Patrol and other agencies that work to protect homeland security gear up for the inevitabilities of the future, the pressure to obtain surveillance technologies that overcome existing and forecasted roadblocks is now of an especially time sensitive importance.