Identify, Delay and Disrupt

The FICCI-organised Smart Border Management 2018 conference brought to the fore technologies which can safeguard India’s borders from infiltration

Mihir Paul

Minister of state for external affairs Gen. V.K. Singh prescribed user-oriented technological solutions for border protection while inaugurating the ‘Smart Border Management 2018’ conference organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in Delhi from 17-18 September 2018.

Minister of state for external affairs Gen. V.K. Singh inaugurating the ‘Smart Border Management 2018’ conference

Highlighting the need for a close interface between users (border security agencies) and manufacturers (producers of surveillance systems), Gen. V. K. Singh said that user-oriented solutions would enable the border security forces to “identify, delay, and disrupt” infiltration.

Considering the extreme variation and uniqueness of India’s borders in terms of geography and climate, it is vital to have a robust and reliable (technological) system that requires minimal maintenance and allows reduced response times for effective counter-measures against infiltration.

Explaining the user-centric approach, he said, “You need the user to sit down with the manufacturer, so you can integrate everything. It must be something which can be easily handled and should require the least number of things that make it work. Systems need to be integrated, they need to be holistic and reliable. Combining this technology with reduced response times is crucial.”

The conference themed ‘Big Data and Predictive Analysis’ brought in founders of tech-start-ups and high-ranking officials in companies providing technological border management solutions to the various border security forces based on predictive analysis.

President-elect, FICCI, Sandip Somany, said that there was tremendous scope for Big Data and predictive analytics for border management. He suggested the need to explore data-driven intelligent systems to harness R&D potential at public-funded R&D labs and transfer of technology with industry partners. He also stressed the need for enhancing communication and surveillance systems at border areas. Improved user-centric technologies must be utilised to encrypt data during communication from command centres to border posts and vice versa.

Border security agencies need a data integration layer that can connect all the disparate databases residing across the agency, department or other government entities. This layer can connect a comprehensive set of data from multiple data sources into a single dashboard that too, in real time. For such huge sums of granular data to be successfully analysed, this data infrastructure must be able to: process large volumes of data quickly; handle the huge variety of structured and unstructured data and manage the velocity of data, which is increasing rapidly.

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