Police keen on AI to enhance border control
By:Allan Jay
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KUCHING: Police are suggesting routes equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) technology to enhance and tighten security at the country’s borders between Indonesia and Thailand.

Bukit Aman Internal Security and Public Order Department (KDNKA) director Datuk Seri Hazani Ghazali disclosed this in a press conference here today (April 18).

He was reacting to the relocation of Indonesia’s new capital to Nusantara in East Kalimantan and plans to tighten security at the border.

Hazani pointed out that the relocation (of Indonesia’s new capital) is expected to be complete in 2025 and that the neighbouring country has made preparations by building border roads to ensure control along the Kalimantan border from Sarawak to Sabah.

“Yesterday (Apr 17), I carried out an aerial observation along the border from Telok Melano to Sri Aman and our Inspector-General of Police (IGP) suggested an idea to build our own security border routes on our end here.

“These routes will be patrolled by the General Operations Force (GOF) and other relevant agencies.

“In addition to patrols, we will also put in AI technologies such as drones, surveillance cameras, radar and thermal imaging to ensure security at our borders, not just in Sarawak but in Sabah and in the peninsula, is tightened.

“That is our suggestion. If possible, we want to build all of the security routes until Sabah but we have to take into account the geographical terrains,” he said after witnessing the handing over of duties from Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Mancha Ata to Datuk Mohd Azman Ahmad Sapri.

He added that if there is any allocation from the government, the GOF can carry out patrols using electronic bikes (e-bikes) at gravel roads or paths that could not be accessed.

In the northern part of the peninsula, the department has mobilised a mounted police unit to carry out patrols at the border and if there are allocations, Sarawak will also have its mounted police unit at the border.

Hazani added that they also suggested mobilising a border response team from GOF and other elements in the event of an incident at the border so that, they can quickly take action.

“Next week, we will have a meeting to refine the establishment of our security border routes,” he said.

With this, he pointed out that his department has discussed plans with the Home Ministry to strengthen border security, not only at the Sarawak-Kalimantan-Sabah border but also in the peninsula.

The department has also mobilised all of its elements in KDNKA especially the GOF and the Federal Reserve Force (PSP) to enhance and strengthen border security control.

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