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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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Publication:Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul, Afghanistan)
Geographic Code:9AFGH
Date:May 13, 2010
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