US Border Patrol to use Video Game to Aid in Border Safety

The US Border Patrol is switching gears and moving to video game technology to help determine where future improvements will be made.

The system looks a lot like a touchscreen version of the WWII game “Panzer General”. But instead of Panzers, Luftwaffe and the Waffen SS, you have Border patrol trucks, helicopters, and mounted agents. The system, more of a simulation and modeling program than a video game, will help the agency decide where future improvements can be made to help increase the security of our borders.

The system will cost $1.6 million, and will be used in lieu of the $1 Billion dollar virtual border fence project that was recently scrapped.

Our border with Mexico is a major concern now and needs to be dealt with quickly. If this software will help our agents, then let’s get it into their hands, sooner rather than later.

~ by D. Dieterle on April 29, 2011.

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