Laser-activated smart fencing pilot project inaugurated on IB

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SRINAGAR: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh speaking to reporters at BSF Headquarters at Paloura on Monday in the presence of Union MoS in PMO Dr Jitendra Singh.

JAMMU: India’s first ‘smart fence’ pilot project, which entails deploying laser-activated fences and technology-enabled barriers to plug vulnerable gaps along frontiers, was launched by Home Minister Rajnath Singh in two 5-km each patches along the Indo-Pak border on Monday.

During his day long visit, the Union Home Minister also held high-level review of situation along the International Border (IB), visited Command Control Centres and Border Out Posts (BOPs). Singh also travelled to a forward area in Jammu to inaugurate the ambitious project as part of a day-long tour. His first engagement will be security review meeting at Paloura Headquarters of the BSF at 11 AM wherein BSF top brass will brief him about the situation prevailing along the International Border (IB) in Jammu region and steps taken to prevent infiltration. There he is also likely to address BSF personnel to be followed by media briefing. From there he will leave to inaugurate pilot projects of smart fencing installed at two places along the International Border.
The technology is being implemented by the Border Security Force and senior officials of the paramilitary will present a demonstration of the activation and response mechanism of the ‘smart fence’ before the home minister, he said.
“Smart fencing uses a number of devices for surveillance, communication and data storage. “Sensors like thermal imager, underground sensors, fiber optical sensors, radar and sonar will be mounted on different platforms like aerostat, tower and poles as part of the smart fence,” he added.
The new system provides for round-the-clock surveillance on the border and in different weather conditions be it dust storm, fog or rain, the official said. Director General K K Sharma had earlier said such gadgetry will be deployed along 2,400 km of India’s border with Pakistan and Bangladesh in the future.
The initiative is part of the comprehensive integrated border management system (CIBMS) proposed to be deployed at these two borders by the Modi government as part of its decision to completely seal the two borders to stop infiltration and illegal migration.
The ‘laser fence’ and other gadgets have been integrated and a CCTV-like feed will be given to a BSF post so that immediate action can be taken against any intrusion or infiltration attempt, the official said.
While one of the smart fence has been developed by a Slovenian firm, the second has been developed and deployed by an Indian company, he said.
Jammu shares 198 kilometers International Border with Pakistan spread over three districts of Kathua, Samba and Jammu. Rajnath is also likely to join `Swachhata Hi Seva’ and ‘Shramdaan’ campaign in Government School Makwal in Marh assembly segment represented by BJP leader Choudhary Sukhnandan in Jammu.
The Union Home Minister will also visit Command Control Centres and Border Out Posts (BOPs) of the BSF in RS Pura sector along the International Border and inter-act with the commanders and jawans deployed in the border belts.