Human smuggling is bringing one or more persons from one country across the border into another country while intentionally evading that country’s immigration laws. Citizens are willing to face huge financial hardships and dangerous characters to move from one country to another to escape poverty, violence, or political instability; others are moved by force. An under vehicle inspection system is an integral part of a larger border security plan.
For example, in the U.S. the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency targets smuggling organizations that pose a threat to national security by collecting intelligence on them. They are most likely to focus on targets that put people’s lives in danger, are violent and abusive, or traffic victims of extortion and kidnapping.
Measures are taken to ensure that captured human smugglers are prosecuted aggressively. Investigators target smuggling rings at their source, no matter where they are in the world. Organizers, document vendors, spotters, employment networks in the States, and transportation networks are targeted at every level in an investigation.
An effective tool in breaking down a smuggling transportation network is the deployment of an under vehicle inspection system at secured points of entry along any country’s border. The UVIS gives border patrol agents a top, bottom, and side scan of each vehicle, including a full trailer scan of any size. It reduces the number of guards that must be present at a checkpoint, because of its auto detection ability.
The auto detection ability in a UVIS alerts border patrol to any changes in the vehicle by comparing its specs to the history of the vehicle’s crossing and also to the manufacturer’s vehicle template. Alterations in weight distribution and load capacity, foreign object detection, and other changes are easily detected. Observations can be made from a safe distance and trigger an appropriate human response.
Auto license plate recognition and registration plays another huge role in determining and documenting anomalies. It works with both long range detection and short range reading. The license plate recognition system supports over 40 countries’ license plate numbers. It can detect plate numbers regardless of daytime or nighttime illumination conditions.
Weather conditions along both the northern and southwestern U.S. borders can sometimes be extreme with rain, snow, and freezing temperatures in the north and extraordinarily hot desert temperatures in the southwest. An under vehicle inspection system is designed to work in any weather conditions and have built-in auto heating and cooling functions. Border patrols are able to rely on the systems year-round in any country, thwarting human smuggling at any point in the transportation network.