Virtual fence will operate alongside the physical barrier being built to prevent infiltrations

Date: 28/08/2011, 1:29 PM     Author: Netanel Rozman, Elina Greenspoon, Bamahane

In the shadow of recent security incidents in the south, a virtual fence that will aid in the detection and prevention of infiltration attempts will be set up on the Israel-Egypt border in the coming year.

Magna Technologies, a defense systems company, will be entrusted with constructing the virtual fence, which will cost millions of dollars.

The virtual fence will operate alongside the physical barrier currently being built along the Israel-Egypt border.

“Such a system would have surely prevented the terror attacks in the south,” said Magna CEO Haim Siboni. “I believe that recent events will accelerate the process of constructing the fence, but this has been a long process of tests and checks over the past seven years.”

Radars will be positioned on high poles, allowing for the observation of objects from long-distance.

According to Magna, the main advantages of the virtual fence are its abilities to identify objects in a focused and detailed manner and to overcome false alarms.

Siboni said that the system will significantly upgrade Israel’s abilities to control what takes place on the border.

Military officials said last week that the construction of a physical barrier on the Israel-Egypt border will be complete by the end of 2012, rather than 2013 as originally planned.

45 kilometers of the barrier have been built over the past eight months and another 100 kilometers are scheduled to be built by the end of this year, leaving the 130 kilometers to be built in 2012.