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Newly built Israeli border fences go Hi-Tech

By Mason White 10:50 AM February 26, 2013
Israel’s Hi-Tech border fence 

By: Ryan Lee Hall
Israel’s border fences have gone Hi-Tech after the military completed a special training course for an elite army unit, according to press reports in Israel.

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The Israeli website I-HLS.COM reports that fifteen soldiers have joined the ranks of the technicians maintaining the advanced fences that protect Israel, following the conclusion of the most recent cycle of the ‘Border Alert Systems’ training course.

These technicians are responsible for hundreds of kilometers of fencing fitted with touch and motion sensors, which protect Israel from threats in Gaza, Judea and Samaria, Lebanon and Sinai.

During the three-week training course, which took place at the Tzrifin training base, the participants learned to recognize every detail of the fences.

According to the IDF, before being accepted to the training course, each of the new technicians was evaluated and given a sufficiently high physical profile to serve as a combat soldier who can respond if attacked on the border during a maintenance mission.

The training course includes a broad range of content, but the emphasis is on the practical aspect. For that purpose, a fence of several meters was built at the instructional base for participants to practice locating and repairing malfunctions.

Border protection in Israel and around the world has become a high tech business. In a recent event many of these advanced security methods were showcased.

“Smart Fence” technologies were presented, including underground protection solutions which use seismic and electronic sensor systems to provide answers to intrusion scenarios such as walking, crawling, digging, drilling, tunneling etc.

As the requirements and needs for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) continue to grow in the homeland security (HLS) arena, companies displayed solutions especially designed for that market. These UAVs have the capability to transfer video in real time, day and night, also enabling detection, identification and recognition of a car’s plate from a distance of 200 meters.

Unmanned ground vehicles (UGV), which can replace soldiers and save lives, were presented as well. These are semi-autonomous vehicles, offering enhanced weapons capabilities including a command and control system, a variety of payloads and modular weapon stations, and a tailored communication suite. They are designed for border patrol, force protection, combat support and more.

Electronic warfare solutions were offered, including communications jamming and detection systems, cellular jamming devices, automatic intruder detection systems, stereoscopic systems that are capable of analyzing suspicious movements in 3D, passive vibration sensor cables designed for outdoor installation on various types of perimeter barriers such as chain link or welded mesh fences, cyber security systems which intercepts and alerts for attacks, worms and other threats, and video capturing and recording solutions which can be transmitted and displayed whenever and wherever necessary.

Many of these technologies have been implemented on Israel’s borders, providing top-notch security to Israel’s citizens. A high ranking army office told I-HLS that the complexity of border fences requires a special force to maintain it: “We have in the unit a number of specialists that are capable of doing the job.”