Spin Boldak to have new security system.
A new security system is being installed near the Spin Boldak
border crossing in the southern province of Kandahar, a stronghold of
the Taliban militants, to protect the people and enhance operations
along the frontier. The Persistent Surveillance System (PSS), consisting
of an aerostat (a blimp) mounted with camera equipment, will be flown on
a tether several thousand feet in the air to enable round-the-clock
surveillance of a wide area. The International Security Assistance Force
(ISAF) said on Thursday, through the system, it would provide the Afghan
government with high-resolution imagery including full-motion video from
the border town. In a statement, the ISAF press office in Kabul said the
information, together with surveillance data from other security
systems, would help officials better anticipate threats. Capable of
providing immediate coverage to help direct response to ongoing
incidents, the system has an impressive safety record, and is made of
strong materials. It is designed to withstand multiple tears in the
balloon before it gently descends to the ground. "Surveillance
systems such as this have a successful history of integration with
security systems to combat threats in eastern Afghanistan since early
2004, and have been used in Kabul and Kandahar City since 2009,"
the statement said.
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