Border Security at North Increased While South Remains Lenient

A U.S. senator said a low-cost, high-tech sensor system could be installed along the U.S.-Canada border to increase security without harming business.

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., who will lead a field meeting of the U.S. Senate homeland security committee Friday, said technology, private partnerships and bilateral collaboration are key to closing potentially critical gaps along the northern border, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

“I think there’s some real opportunity to save money and get better border security,” Tester told CBC News. “I’m not talking drones here, I’m talking low-level radar. I’m talking things like Blue Rose technology, where you can lay a cable in the ground and determine whether a gopher runs over it, or a human being, or a horse.”

Blue Rose, based on fiber-optic technology, is an in-ground perimeter defense and security system developed by the Naval Undersea Warfare, CBC News said. The system detects sound and vibration of intruders moving near the sensor.

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