9th Annual Border Security Expo focuses on camera-techPosted: Updated:
For two days, the latest and greatest border security technology will be on display at the Phoenix Convention Center.
It's the 9th annual Border Security Expo, and this year much of the technology focuses on technology.
When you walk through the door, a massive SUV sits draped in camouflage netting. Above towers a HD camera with night vision technology. Telephonics, the company that makes the camera says the SUV and camera setup allows Border Patrol agents to safely and remotely patrol dangerous border areas.
With recent events throughout the country, wearable body camera companies also showcased their devices. Utility is a vendor that makes a special vest called the Body Worn. When on an agent, a camera in the vest allows real-time video monitoring. The camera can also be controlled from a remote location, so individual agents or officers cannot turn it on or off.
"Through our software interface the dispatcher can go in and drop a hot zone around this area through a satellite overview in Google Maps. As (the wearer) enters into that zone, the (camera) automatically turns on and start recording," explained Anthony Baldoni, Vice President of Corporate Operation of Utility.
Some of the vendors at the expo did not want us to showcase their technology, since they say showing it could tip off the new tech to potential criminals or illegal border crossers.
Elbit Systems of America however, demonstrated some of their new systems, including a drone you can transport on your back.
"This is completely collapsible correct?" asked reporter Greg Argos.
"Yes, this is a man portable unmanned system. It does collapse down into a backpack and is hand launchable. (It) contains a cameras that can give you an overhead view of the border situation," explained a Elbit representative.
Some other technology at the Expo can be used in non-border situations as well. One such product is called the Guard Bot. It looks like a big rubber ball. It is completely waterproof and is controlled remotely by joystick. It also contains two side pockets where an HD camera can provide live pictures and a device by Smiths Detections can sniff out dozens of different type of explosives. The creators say it would be perfect for checking out suspicious packages near the water, or even at large events, like the Boston Marathon.
The conference continues Wednesday, and not all of the products are for human use. One vest created by Mission Tech and General Dynamics is for K9 dogs. It includes high-definition cameras on the side that can send back live pictures in real-time to the dog's human counterpart.