Past Features

March 17, 2017

High tech border wall?
Arizona company has a different approach

IDENTICOPTER uses SEIDARM data (upper right) to intercept "intruder".
See videos for SEIDARM range and INDENTICOPTER intercept
American Border Patrol  
Is BORDAS Badass?
    Border Technology, Inc., of Hereford, Arizona, is preparing a proposal to help secure the southern border using high technology. They call it BORDAS --- or Border Detection and Assessment System. "The purpose of BORDAS is to provide an immediate improvement in the effectiveness of the U.S. Border Patrol, and a longer-term assessment of operational control of the border," said Glenn Spencer, president of BTI.
    BORDAS is made up of two parts - SEIDARM and IDENTICOPTER. SEIDARM --- or Seismic Detection and Ranging System --- is a patented technology that detects and locates suspected border intruders. IDENTICOPTER is a drone that uses SEIDARM sensor data to fly to the location of the alarm to fully identify the intrusion.
    According to Spencer, existing ground sensors have been found to have a very high false alarm rate and are next to useless. "One report by the DHS Inspector General found that, of almost 30,000 sensor alarms, only about 250 led to an apprehensions, " Spencer said.
    SEIDARM has a low false alarm rate as well as solving many other ground sensor problems, according to Spencer.
    "BORDAS can provide an immediate improvement in border security by providing reliable, real-time hard information that existing Customs and Border Protection technology such as the Predator drone and fixed camera towers can use to home-in and track targets", Spencer said
    Spencer claims BORDAS could be installed in the existing 60-foot right of way owned by the federal government along the border between El Paso and San Diego. In Texas BORDAS could be installed on levees that line the Rio Grande River.
    The BORDAS plan calls for IDENTICOPTER drones to be placed in silos for each SEIDARM five-mile segment, allowing them to reach the furthest suspects in about 2 minutes. "The system could be sending video of potential border crossers before they got to the border," Spencer said. At the end of each mission, IDENTICOPTER returns to its silo to have its batteries recharged using solar power.
    Spencer hopes DHS will install BORDAS on about 1300 miles of the border - 600 miles in Texas and 700 miles elsewhere. "The entire system could be installed and working in a few months, giving DHS guidance as to where new fencing or other infrastructure is need," Spencer claims.