Comprehensive approaches towards border security should cut down on security threats entering a nation as well as reducing the trade of illicit substances. While many may agree that certain borders need better security protocols, there is dispute among them as to how that should be implemented. These days, traditional means of securing borders are ineffective: finding and training the proper personnel has become difficult, while creating extensive physical barriers is cost-prohibitive and can even have negative impacts on the environment. Instead, the best approach may involve directing traffic towards checkpoints with a heavy reliance on state of the art technology to mitigate any border-related security concerns.
Lowering Personnel Needs
Staffing shortages are already plaguing the world of border protection and, for a position that requires extensive training, high turnaround is undesirable. The number of Border Patrol agents in the U.S. doubled from 2004 to 2011, according to CNN, that number has since begun to steadily decline from over 21,000 agents to just under 19,500 in 2017. Turning the focus to automation, wherein sensors are able to scan beneath vehicles or instantly check license plates, allows borders to lessen their need for trained personnel and can relieve some strain in hiring.
Quality border security systems are capable of being adapted to meet specific needs. If a terrorist is at large, for example, a border equipped with an optical vehicle occupant detector may be set to alert personnel if that terrorist were to pass through the checkpoint. Being able to easily calibrate your security systems on the fly to address certain concerns makes for a comprehensive system. Modern, intelligent systems are the only way to properly address security needs at border checkpoints, as they provide an opportunity to cover more ground and prevent threats from passing through.
Improving Border Security With Gatekeeper
Gatekeeper Security’s suite of intelligent optical technologies provides security personnel with the tool to detect today’s threats. Our systems help those in the energy, transportation, commercial, and government sectors protect their people and their valuables by detecting threats in time to take action. From automatic under vehicle inspection systems, automatic license plate reader systems, to on the move automatic vehicle occupant identifier, we offer full 360-degree vehicle scanning to ensure any threat is found. Throughout 30 countries around the globe, Gatekeeper Security’s technology is trusted to help protect critical infrastructure. Follow us on Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn for updates about our technology and company.