Past Features

July 26, 2017

Integrated Fixed Tower
Project in Doubt?

ABP drone 'Hermes" examines Integrated Fixed Tower in the Coronado National
Forest and could spot no movement in the cameras. -- See Larger Photo
American Border Patrol -- July 26, 2017
CBP postpones testing of Integrated Fixed Towers
    In joint testimony by Customs and Border Protection officials before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security yesterday, it was revealed that acceptance testing of eight Integrated Fixed Towers located in and near the Coronado National Forest has been put off until September.
    This follows on the heels of a report by the DHS Office of Inspector General that these towers had not been properly tested for operational effectiveness and suitability.
    On March 22, 2017, CBP had issued a press release reporting that Integrated Fixed Towers near Nogales had been certified as meeting its operational requirements.
    ABP had reported seeing limited testing of at least one of the Coronado towers last June 30, but nothing since.
    “Yesterday we used our drone, which we now call “Hermes”, to take a close look at the towers, but could detect no unusual activity or even movement of the cameras,” said Glenn Spencer, head of ABP.
    Since February, ABP has expressed concern over the ability of these cameras to see people in the deep washes and forests that surround some of them.