June 7, 2013   Current Site Visitors -> web tracker

Border Tech Business?
What about the Sonic Barrier?
New York Times -- June 7   
As Wars End, a Rush to Grab Dollars Spent on the Border
Representatives of the U.S. Border Patrol watch a live demonstration of IDENTISEIS.
    Tucson -- The nation's largest military contractors, facing federal budget cuts and the withdrawals from two wars, are turning their sights to the Mexican border in the hopes of collecting some of the billions of dollars expected to be spent on tighter security if immigration legislation becomes law.
    Half a dozen major military contractors, including Raytheon, Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics, are preparing for an unusual desert showdown here this summer, demonstrating their military-grade radar and long-range camera systems in an effort to secure a Homeland Security Department contract worth as much as $1 billion.
    Northrop Grumman, meanwhile, is pitching to Homeland Security officials an automated tracking device --- first built for the Pentagon to find roadside bombs in Afghanistan --- that could be mounted on aerial drones to find illegal border crossers. And General Atomics, which manufactures the reconnaissance drones, wants to double the size of the fleet under a recently awarded contract worth up to $443 million.
Red DotGlenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol
    One of the defense contractors listed above (I can't disclose which one) has been studying the Sonic Barrier system (AKA IDENTISEIS) for more than a year and is preparing an internal 'white paper' on it. I recently inquired into the status of their report and received the following response:
    "Bottom line up front: We are going to tell the story that you have something totally unique in the sensor world; it detects and could be used for multiple environments. That it is a "one of a kind" that fits a whole bunch of niches in the security world that is right now not being filled."
    There have been inquiries from around the world about IDENTISEIS, but the company that developed it doesn't have the resources to respond. It would be a damn shame if the national discussion over border security doesn't include this incredible technology.

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