ARA Vermont Division Looks to Improve DHS Border Security with New Ground Sensors


Cracking down on illegal immigration was a campaign promise now President Donald Trump is standing by as he nears his first 100 days in office.

“In case anybody has any questions, the wall is going to get built and the wall is going to stop drugs and it’s going to stop a lot of people from coming in that shouldn’t be here,” President Trump said on Tuesday.

Rob Jones of Applied Research Associates says they’ve just released footstep specific sensors, designed specifically to detect human footsteps.

Jones is the Chief of Counter Threat Technology for ARA’s Randolph division. He says such sensors might just be the tool D.H.S is after to secure the border.

“We are pushing it across two major fronts, the Department of Homeland Security, primarily for the Southwestern border protection, they have expressed an interest.”

ARA is an engineering company with a division in Randolph, focusing on security products.

“This sensor has everything that you saw that’s fielded in the army, but we’ve also made improvements in all those things that the soldier wanted to see and see modified.”

Those improvements are what ARA has just brought to the market and to the Government’s attention in the form of the Pathfinder detection system.

“We spent a lot of internal research and development dollars, probably close to the order of $2M to develop this and to to get this right,” said Jones.

But is it a fit for the Trump administration’s overall border security plan?

Jones  argues the sensors are completely covert and essentially impossible to find.

“The army said we want something that’s expendable, something to throw and get it out there, and we don’t want people finding it,” said Jones. “We don’t want people to see it and that was the genesis of how this all came about.”

The sensors map out footsteps using a point detection system

“If you sprinkle them throughout the country side, the threat or illegal immigration, it maps their movements for you and all you do is connect the dots,” said Jones.

The next step is sending enforcement agents to assess the threat, only more expendable ones in the form of high-tech drones.

“The idea is to give someone a progressive strategy to be able to go out, take a look at what that detection, is and provide full motion video back.”

Jones says their product is not wall dependent.

He says the Pathfinder’s technology can cut down on the  man or woman power sent to the border.

“We don’t have enough agents to cover all of this, especially if they flood them all at the same time, so what you can do with these is you can literally mark all of those corridors.”

Regardless of whether there’s a place for the wall, Jones says there’s a place for the sensors.

Jones believes the sensors, which now have up to two years of battery life, can not only protect our border, but also protecting our agents and others already on the ground.

“We can use these sensors to protect those construction crews and give them advance warning of cartel activity or theft.”

ARA is an employee-owned company with locations in Vermont and elsewhere. It’s headquarters are based in New Mexico.

For more information on the company and Pathfinder, click here.


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