Past Features

November 29, 2017

Brexit threatened by
Irish border issue

Cover of Legatum report -- with SEIDARM AND HERMES added.
RTE News -- November 29, 2017  
No agreement yet on Brexit bill, Irish border -- Barnier  
   
 The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator said there were still differences for London and Brussels to overcome on Britain's divorce bill, the Irish border and citizens' rights.
    Speaking at a business conference in Berlin, Michel Barnier said that negotiations would continue before a 4 December meeting between British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

BBC -- September11, 2017
Brexit: Airships could patrol Irish border, says think tank    
 
   A think tank has suggested that drones or airships could be used to monitor the Irish border after Brexit.
    The idea is raised in a paper from the Legatum Institute, examining how the UK and EU could resolve the border issue.
    It states that "persistent surveillance of the border region" could be achieved through patrols by unmanned aerial vehicles or deployment of aerostats.

Glenn Spencer -- November 29, 2017    
Can SEIDARM save Brexit?
   In its report on the Irish border issue and Brexit, Legatum says:
 
   "Persistent surveillance of the border region can be achieved in a number of ways, ranging from aerial-based solutions such as patrols by Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) assets through to the deployment of aerostats. These solutions, however, are subject to a number of limitations, not least weather and cost. Ground-based solutions also range significantly and can incorporate a series of sensors such as unattended ground sensors, cameras, and ground-wave radar. Another sensor option is a solution similar to that developed to provide ground-based wide-area persistent surveillance on large mining sites."  
    Many of the problems raised by Legatum are solved by SEIDARM and HERMES, including weather and cost. The weather problem is solved because SEIDARM uses GPS to guide HERMES to the very spot needing investigation, and cost is reduced by using existing seismic oil exploration technology.
    I used Google Earth to look at the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, and most of it is remote farmland with little urban activity --- and few wind farms nearby --- perfect conditions for SEIDARM to operate with little immediate seismic noise.
    In short, can SEIDARM save Brexit?
    Maybe.

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