Serial No. 110-73: Next Generation Border and Maritime Security Technologies: H.R. 3916, Hearing before the Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation, Committee on Science and Technology, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, November 15, 2007   [open pdf - 403KB]

"On Thursday, November 15, 2007, the Committee on Science and Technology's Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation will hold a hearing to discuss H.R. 3916 and examine the current and future priorities in border and maritime security research, development, and technology for the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T). […] The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) processes approximately 1.18 million people entering the United States through established ports of entry every day. CBP is also responsible for monitoring between legal entry points along the Northern and Southern borders and intercepting individuals attempting to cross the border. Border patrol officers also act as first responders, rescuing individuals in danger from extreme weather or violent situations at illegal entry points. Surveillance technology acts as a 'force multiplier,' which allows border patrol agents to augment their patrols with ground based and aerial observation capabilities. Examples of currently in-use security technologies include infrared sensors, automated cameras, and seismic sensors to detect motion, as well as air based observational equipment to monitor a large area. Many promising technologies are still not feasible for full implementation along the border because of numerous barriers: high cost, lack of robustness in harsh conditions, lack of personnel trained to properly use high-tech equipment, and technical problems. DHS S&T has primary responsibility for bringing new technologies to full readiness, with support from other agencies such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which provides testing and validation services." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Bart Gordon, Ralph M. Hall, David Wu, Phil Gingrey, Harry E. Mitchell, Robert R. Hooks, Ervin Kapos, Brian A. Jackson, and Jeff Self.

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