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Arkansas company introduces unique ‘invisible fence’ solution at Border Security Expo
In one the most unusual technology offerings at the 2013 Border Security Expo in Phoenix, AZ, Sentry Visions LLC, of Siloam Springs, AR, introduced its patent-pending concept of applying a fluorescent, non-toxic earth mineral-based material on road surfaces on the U.S.-Mexican border in areas where there is a history of illegal border crossings.
According to Ron Hutcheson, president of Sentry Visions, the company’s fluorescent material, which draws radiation from the sun and glows during the night, clearly shows footprints and other traffic when disturbed and leaves a clear trail which could be used by Border Patrol agents in the states of Texas, Arizona and New Mexico to stem illegal border crossings.
In a conversation with Government Security News, Hutcheson showed photos of the fluorescent earth mineral and indicated that once it is applied on a “base road,” it will reflect clear footprints or other evidence of persons crossing the portion of the road where the material has been applied. He adds that the material experiences only a five percent loss of brightness during a 10-year period.
With the use of monthly graph and charting systems, Hutcheson argues, the invisible fence technology could enable U.S. Border Patrol to better focus its limited resources on the highest traffic areas.
Hutcheson expressed his opinion that the invisible fence technology using his fluorescent earth minerals could similarly be used successfully by military forces in hard to reach mountainous areas in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
According to Hutcheson, the company currently has partnership and advisory relations with Terra Pave International, Inc, PHD Chemistry Professor Bill Durham of the University of Arkansas and the University of Arkansas Business Department. He says that the company is seeking additional corporate partners to continue developing the technology for use by the government and military both in the U.S. and internationally.
Hutcheson said he believes that a second phase in the development of the products would involve licensing and selling the technology for international use, as well as expanded commercialization for private usage by smaller security firms and hunters. Parties interested in discussing any aspect of the invisible fence and invisible border technology can reach Hutcheson on the Web at www.sentryvisions.com or by telephone at 479-365-2073.