The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) has announced the creation of a multi-layered smart fence along its borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh by the end of 2017.
According to the Press Trust of India news agency, this move is part of the India’s efforts to implement a Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS) along its terrain borders with these two countries. CIBMS will be equipped with a laser fence, surveillance radars, satellite imagery and thermal gadgets, enabling a rapid response if anything shows up on their surveillance radar.
“We are taking some concerted efforts to modernise our border fence. Twenty big companies are currently undertaking a technical evaluation for the CIBMS. It is expected that it would be on ground by the second half of next year,” said KK Sharma, the Director General of BSF.
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Due to this smart fence, security will change from the regular troops patrolling system to a quick reaction team pattern that will be activated on threat of infiltration across the border. BSF is hoping “to modernise itself” with the use of new equipment and gadgets that will help reduce human mistakes. It is also in touch with Israel and the Indian Institutes of Technology in order to come up with technology to tackle problems presented by hidden tunnels running along the international border.
“We are in the process to plug breaches by technical solutions at both Pakistan and Bangladesh borders,” Sharma said.
This announcement comes ahead of alleged claims of a recent infiltration bid along the international border in the Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir.