@migoboras supports mobile monitoring at the borders
1 August 2012, 14.27 hrs
The camera system with which the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee intends to support mobile security monitoring near the borders with Germany and Belgium was taken into use today. This ‘@migoboras’ system will help the Marechaussee in fighting illegal migration and residency more effectively and efficiently.
Cameras have been installed at the 15 most important border crossings with Belgium and Germany. In addition, there are mobile systems in place. The images obtained are used for selecting vehicles that merit inspection. Examples are vehicles of a certain type or colour, or passing at certain times, possibly in combination with other vehicles.
The knowledge and experience of the Marechaussee have been incorporated in the system as profiles. If a camera issues an alert, the Marechaussee are prompted to perform a check on the vehicle and the people it carries. Monitoring can be more focused and border traffic will experience less hindrance from inspections. The cameras also give better insight into traffic flows, so that monitoring can be fine-tuned to it.
Registration numbers of cars and trucks are processed immediately and not stored in the system. In exceptional and urgent cases, for example in the event of an Amber Alert, a specific registration number can be searched for. The initial cost of the system was EUR 19 million (development and purchase of equipment) and the operating costs are EUR 2 million per year.