Past Features

May 20, 2017

Seismic Sensors and Drones...
a novel idea?

Left: Seismic sensors detect a human walking --- 1/4 mile away.
Right: Drone sprints to intercept in 22 seconds. -- WATCH
USA Today -- May 19. 2017
In Texas, companies await word on Trump's border wall
    Corpus Christi, TX -- Federal officials are handpicking companies who want a shot at building a border wall --- but it's not yet clear whether any contractors from Texas, where the longest stretch will be, are still in the running.
    About 40 companies in the state expressed interest in participating in the project in some capacity. The majority on the list appear to be subcontractors, vying for smaller chunks of work in what would be a mammoth-scale structure that would traverse about 2,000 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border. [...]
    Larger companies have the advantage, said James Carpenter, the president of Mission-based Quantum Logistics. But he's confident that he could carry out the job with his background and experience.
    His concept papers describe a background that includes “the construction of security fencing, barriers and barricades” and work in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    On Monday, Carpenter said he hadn't heard yet on whether he would continue on to the next step of the project. He could not be reached later in the week.
    Carpenter's conceptual documents for a concrete wall include integration of “seismic sensors which, when activated, will send an alert to a security station, activate CCTV cameras to the activated location, and deploy a drone or unmanned aerial vehicle for further investigation,” as well as “the ability to deploy small ‘suit case size' drones for the purpose of patrolling, investigating possible perimeter breaches, maintenance inspections, thermal imaging mapping, with all data transmitted in real time HD to Border Patrol agents in the field.” On the U.S. side, it would be decorative, according to the document.

American Border Patrol -- May 20
An novel idea --- fourteen years in the making
    According to USA Today, a Texas company, Quantum Logistics, has submitted a proposal to DHS that includes “seismic sensors which, when activated, will send an alert to a security station, activate CCTV cameras to the activated location, and deploy a drone or unmanned aerial vehicle for further investigation.”
    American Border Patrol (ABP) began testing the idea of linking drones to seismic sensors fourteen years ago. [KGUN TV report]
    It began testing advanced seismic sensors seven years ago. [KVOA TV report]
     It began working to marry modern electric drones to the system four years ago.
     In a May 11 test by ABP, the IDENTICOPTER drone intercepted a “suspect” --- 1/4 mile away in 22 seconds.
    Border Technology, Inc., (BTI) of Hereford, Arizona, has submitted bid to the government to use seismic sensors and drones to guide the development of the border ‘wall', but has heard nothing from DHS/CBP about it.
   The BTI bid uses a patented sensor system that can detect a single human walking five-hunted feet away --- anywhere on the border. Its drone can return video of any intruder within two minutes.
    Glenn Spencer, head of American Border Patrol, says USA Today should come to Arizona and see this system in operation on its border ranch.
    "After all, they have had fourteen years to find out about us," Spencer commented.

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