Advanced AI surveillance towers and robotic patrols are being deployed by the U.S. to strengthen border security, amidst staffing shortages and increased crossings.
The U.S. is elevating its border security measures by employing artificial intelligence and robotics. A “virtual wall” of AI surveillance towers, capable of distinguishing between people and animals, has been installed to monitor vast border areas, aiming to address unauthorized migration and drug smuggling. Additionally, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection is innovating with robot dogs designed to traverse challenging terrains and AI tools to scan vehicles and cargo for irregular activities. While these technological advancements are seen as a boon for border security, there are growing concerns about the implications for civil liberties and the management of collected data. This move towards a tech-driven security approach reflects a broader shift in the U.S.’s strategy to protect its borders, while also highlighting the need for responsible data governance.