Lack Of Innovation A Major Hurdle For Border Security, Says Experts

Lack of cellular network coverage is among the most basic technology issues on the border.

By Paul FlahiveFebruary 6, 2018 7:52 am, , , , ,

From Texas Public Radio:

It’s a windy morning at the Bandera Gun Club and its sprawling grass fields dotted with shooting stations on the outskirts of the tiny Texas town.

Gunshots echo along the rolling hills as more than 20 groups of men prepare their booths of technological wares for the security minded. F-350s sit with massive mast-like poles sprouting from their beds. A temporary structure holds banks of computer monitors that stream video from the 80-foot trailer-mounted tower outside.

“Can an individual border agent on the ground get this image?” Congressman Will Hurd, R-Texas, asked.

Hurd is talking to vendors who hope to do more business with U.S. Border Patrol.

“We do have solutions to provide that. It is not instituted in the field right now,” said Mike Wilson with Elbit Systems.

Hurd is interested in getting more technology into the hands of border agents. He said he is seeing much of the same technology he had before with many of the same limitations.

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