Border surveillance is a crucial issue nowadays. Borders, after all, are an essential bulwark in any country’s defense. We live in a world where economic, cultural and social exchanges are being driven by modern transport arrangements and communication systems.
Intercountry cooperation in the form of trade is one of the greatest driving forces of economic development. Lowering or scrapping customs duties boosts international market competition and favors the trading countries’ efficiency. Under the Schengen Agreement EU countries can cooperate on a borderless basis, enabling their economics to develop jointly and guaranteeing the free movement of people and goods among the Schengen countries.
Although internal borders have been eliminated in this space, there are still external borders that have to be properly controlled and watched over. Protected borders help to prevent all sorts of illicit traffic from outside and thus forestall their harmful effect within this area. The black market of illegal goods robs the state concerned of its rightful taxes and thus balks its development.
Efficient and effective surveillance is also vital for cramping the style of arms- and drugs-traffickers. International cartels are continually creating new drugs markets and innovative distribution methods. They are becoming increasing aggressive and ambitious, even wielding an influence over their countries’ economies and democratic processes.
Technology and borders
Technology is continually breaking new ground and thereby helping countries to boost the protection of their borders. The management of external borders in territories like the European Union can become a fairly complex matter. Several factors need to be juggled with to ensure this protection is effective.
Drones, enabling wide-ranging areas to be watched and controlled remotely, are now being taken up widely. Military drones used to increase internal security are equipped with identification systems, radar and satellite-communication equipment.
Another option that has become possible today thanks to the advance of technology is the fitting of AI-enabled cameras capable of recognizing faces, objects and patterns. Cameras are a very efficient way of controlling crowded border crossings.
Technology continues to make new progress and this bodes well for the efficiency of border surveillance. The current-day surveillance methods provide a host of information that, properly analyzed, allows countries to head off crime and organize security operations. Drop into our website to find out more.
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