Use technology to assist border security

Immigration Department Sarawak Director Datuk Ken Leben. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: Sarawak Immigration director Datuk Ken Leben has suggested the use of Internet of Things (IoT) or similar technology to assist border security.

He said this while concurring with Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing’s earlier suggestion for fences or walls to be built at strategic locations along Sarawak’s 1,032km border with Kalimantan as a permanent solution to illegal entry and illegal immigrants.

“With the use of IoT or the like, a radar (cloud computing) can trace the movement of intruders or trespassers crossing the border within a certain parameter,” he said when contacted yesterday.

He said this could be more reliable with real-time monitoring and deployment of enforcement as well as comprehensive data analysis.

Besides this, Ken also suggested the use of drones with regard to enhancing border security.

Earlier, Masing said there were no less than 70 illegal trails stretching from Telok Melano to Lawas, adding that sealing the state’s border with Kalimantan was a significant challenge.