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Border Security U.S. Mexico: Homeland will use drones, thermal imaging and sophisticated electronic equipment.

U.S. Mexico Border at New Mexico

The high security “virtual fence” project between the United States and Mexico is now history.

The project was cancelled by U.S. President Barack Obama last friday.  The fence was meant to guard and improve the surveillance in some stretches of the U.S. border with Mexico. But, there is a new project that will replace the old one, assuring the security of the border against illegal immigration, human trafficking, drug trafficking and other criminal activities.

The old project, now cancelled by the White House, begun in 2006 and was runned by Boeing. The old project had a cost of about $1 billion and the objective was to assemble a surveillance system with video cameras, sensors, radar, and other technologies.

The new project will use other security measures, more adequate to the current electronic security technologies.

Homeland Security DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said that in order to improve the border security, the DHS will use commercially available surveillance systems, unmanned aerial drones, thermal imaging and other equipment, according to key suggestions made by critics of the Boeing SBInet program.

Mrs. Napolitano decission started last march (2010) when the DHS halted the “virtual fence” project and put the whole project in the fridge. After 9 months, the project was definitely cancelled by President Obama.  READ MORE HERE