Past Features

January 8, 2015

An Idea Whose Time Has Come
Small drones matched with good sensors
“Our goal is to have clusters of these UAVs along America's borders flying twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week." --- Glenn Spencer -- KGUN-TV, May 2, 2004
Glenn Spencer, American Border Patrol -- January 8, 2015  
    It has been more than ten years since KGUN TV came to the border and recorded a night launch of the Border Hawk, a small drone that led DHS to jump into the border drone business.
    The Office of Inspector General at DHS just reported that the DHS Predator drone program has been a huge waste of money.
    DHS management didn't understand that drones have to know where to look, and without reliable ground sensors they don't.
    Ground sensors used by the US Border Patrol have a false alarm rate of 90%.
    Even if they did work, Air Traffic Control probably wouldn't let the Predator fly there.
    ABP didn't sit still. We have tested reliable ground sensors and small electric drones that will do the job at a small fraction of the cost of the Predator aircraft - and they can fly anywhere on the border!
    It is time for politically appointed bureaucrats to stop imposing their open borders agenda and allow real border solutions to happen.
    It is time for smart technology on the border.

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