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How Would a 'Smart Wall' Work at the U.S.-Mexico Border?


Border Patrol agents view the end of a border fence in the Otay Mountain Wilderness in southern California.

A smart wall is a new kind of virtual barrier that encompasses artificial intelligence, radar, drones, sensors, motion-activated cameras, and LiDAR.

Credit: John Gibbins/San Diego Union-Tribune

A new kind of virtual barrier that encompasses artificial intelligence (AI), radar, drones, sensors, motion-activated cameras, and LiDAR is being promoted as an alternative to the proposed physical walls along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Quanergy, which has developed LiDAR for driverless vehicles, has been testing new laser technology in the Texas border town of Del Rio.

Laser sensors yield a three-dimensional view of an area, building on technology already in use.

Meanwhile, Anduril Industries is working to harness AI for national security settings via its Lattice system, which interprets sensor input from five-second environmental scans.

Said Anduril's Matt Steckman, "You can deploy [AI-enabled technology] without having to increase manpower. You get computers to do a lot of the work and let the humans be the decision-makers."

 

From The Los Angeles Times
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