US Revives New-Look ‘Virtual Fence’ Along Its Southern Border
“Video surveillance feeds from a handful of remote ‘integrated fixed towers’ in southern Arizona are now on the computer screens of local Border Patrol personnel, DHS officials told reporters Monday. Officers just finished a second week of evaluating the monitoring system in Nogales, Arizona.
The digital wall replaces the $1 billion so-called Secure Border Initiative Network, conceived in 2005, which would have blanketed the entire southwest border with radar-equipped, camera-mounted towers. DHS abandoned the program in 2011, after realizing contract specifications did not jive with the reality of the harsh southwest terrain. Cameras malfunctioned and radars in densely populated areas proved futile. “