Two agencies within the Department of Homeland Security tested new surveillance technologies in an effort to address vulnerabilities concerning the U.S.-Canada border.
DHS’ Science and Technology Directorate and U.S. Border Patrol tested these technologies atÂ Havre Sector inÂ Sweetgrass, Mont., from Aug. 12 to 23 in support of theÂ Homeland Security Enterprise, DHS said Tuesday.
The tests demonstrated the use of theseÂ surveillance technologies to detectÂ airborne and land objects while connected to aÂ communications network.
The hybrid network provides situational awareness toÂ portableÂ communications devices of agents operating along the border.
The test team used a portable surveillance system,Â surveillance towers, small unmanned aerial systems, aÂ map-based team awareness kit and satellite and mesh communications technologies for the demonstrations.
Tested technologies increased ground coverage, improved response timeliness, enabled communication and deliveredÂ situational awareness during the 11-day exercise.
“Once these tools are deployed on a wider scale, our agents will be able to expand all their communications networks, simultaneously monitor remote lower-priority areas of the border while physically monitoring high-priority areas and immediately and effectively deploy resources to areas that need them most,” saidÂ Shawn McDonald,Â DHS S&T program manager.