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Greece’s Automated Surveillance at Turkish Border Gets Trial

EVROS — A border wall that Greece extended at the Turkish border, aimed at keeping out more migrants and refugees, has now been accompanied by an automated border surveillance system.

It includes a network of cameras and long-range radar that has been installed along the border, transmitting images and data on the conditions in the area in real time, said Kathimerini in a report.

A first phase trial will last for a month and the system is due to be fully operational on Nov. 20, using 11 cameras and radars with a range of 3.5-15 kilometers (2.17-9.32 miles) inside Turkish territory to provide what officials called“timely border detection.”

That means it will automatically detect movement of anyone on the border although it’s focused on migrants and refugees trying to get into Greece to either seek asylum or a path to other European Union countries which have closed their borders to them.

The cameras cover an area of several kilometers from Sofiko to the Evros Delta in Alexandroupoli, which is a distance of more than 100 kilometers (62.13 miles) with images and data from the cameras and radars transferred to four local and two regional operational centers, as well as to Police Headquarters on Katehaki Avenue in central Athens.

One of the four local centers is in the Police Academy in Didymoteicho, while the other three are in the Border Guard Departments in Soufli, Tychero and Feres. The two regional centers are located in Orestiada and Alexandroupoli.

The project is budgeted at 14.9 million euros ($17.33) and is funded by European Union funds set aside over bloc worries about more refugees and migrants coming from Turkey, where they had gone fleeing war, strife and economic hardship in their homelands.

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