There was only one traditional fencing company represented at the tenth annual Border Security Expo in San Antonio, Texas, – and the owners said they won’t be back next year, due to lack of interest in their product.
Department of Homeland Security members and local law enforcement met with hundreds of vendors as they presented their products at the Border Security Expo – and they were all about high-technology security systems, radars, underground seismic signal detectors and 3D holographic images. Traditional fencing is a thing of the past after this expo.
One sales rep said, “I’d tell Mr. Trump we can build him a wall – a radar wall, of 360-degree radar surveillance.”
Some companies are already contracted to work with DHS, and others are looking to cash in on the opportunity. DHS has a budget of $373.5 million for border technology for the 2016 fiscal year.
Last month DHS received approval to build a virtual fence just north of the Mexican/American border, which will include sensor and camera-equipped towers. According to a report, the government has contracted the Israeli surveillance company Elbit Systems to build a total of 50 towers for $145 million.
DHS is also expanding video camera surveillance to include vehicle-mounted and body cameras that will take footage from multiple angles.
One company at the expo has a tool that can help analyze the endless hours of video footage, to detect face, body motion and even license plates.
Another company is selling $1 million holographic printers – which takes an aerial photo and prints it in a 3-D image, giving officials a better idea of the layout of the land. The US military used these printers for their missions in the Middle East – now they are available to Border Security.
Mr. Trump’s wall might just be obsolete before it’s ever built.
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