December 26, 2017
NGO extends Virtual Border Wall
American Border Patrol employees dig a trench for SEIDARM --- Seismic Detection and Ranging Mechanism. Virtual wall will stop at the San Pedro River. Glenn Spencer -- December 26, 2017
Fifteen years spent testing new ideas
American Border Patrol is extending the SEIDARM system to the eastern limits of my border ranch --- almost reaching the San Pedro River. Cable connecting sensors will be enclosed in pipe and buried. Power is supplied by widely-spaced solar panels. This new extension of SEIDARM will be used in a January 13 live demonstration for the media and invited guests.
This new “Virtual Wall” is part of a process that began fifteen years ago in an effort to apply technology to solve the border problem.
Here is a quick review.
2002: ABP begins testing new ideas for border security with a system to send live video of border crossers over the Internet.
2003: ABP pioneers the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for border protection.
Washington -- The Department of Homeland Security is considering the use of unmanned drones along U.S. borders to find illegal immigrants, but a citizen group is beating the agency to the punch.
Atlanta Journal Constitution, September 7, 2002
2004: KGUN TV reports on ABP's system to link its gas-powered UAV to ground sensors -- at night!
2010: ABP demonstrates new ground sensor technology to members of the Arizona State Legislature.
2013: ABP links new ground sensor technology to new small electric drones.
August, 2013: Video of public demonstration of technology, including electric drone.
2015: ABP demonstrates new border technology for presidential candidates. Only Trump's team responded --- but had to cancel at the last minute.
November, 2017: Michelle Malkin reports on ABP's quest for better border technology.
January 13, 2018 --- ABP to demonstrate new “Virtual Wall” --- advanced drones will intercept targets given by SEIDARM --- 1/2 mile apart --- simultaneously!
TECHNOLOGY IS MATURE
American Border Patrol has demonstrated that ground sensor and drone technologies have matured to the point where they can be used to help secure America's borders.
Future improvements will happen, but mainly in the area of smarter software --- or Artificial Intelligence. Sensor algorithms will “learn” and adapt to the border environment, and drones acquire things such as facial recognition.
REAL WALLS ARE STILL NEEDED
A “Virtual Wall” --- can be overwhelmed --- even with Border Patrol agents nearby --- making a physical wall necessary in many places. A virtual wall can show where real barriers are needed most --- and how well they do their job, once installed.