Electronic motes anyone? Designed like something straight out of Neuromancer, US Globalnanospace (you’ve gotta love the name) is engaged in the wacky world of border security, bio decontamination foam and cigarette filters. Sometimes I wonder if I’m in the wrong business; writing, meditating and teaching doesn’t seems nearly as fun as what these guys do. Thinking this stuff up is probably as psychedelic as an editorial meeting for the Weekly World News.
In particular, Globalnanospace’s Autonomous Security Apparatus (MAPSANDS™) has garnered some press of late (most definitely check out this news report). Its electronic wall dispenses sounds, pellets and non-lethal force if necessary, relegating security to data pattern recognition. Ah, if only computers could rule the world, everything would be so peachy!
This fantasy of an electronic border guard once again denies the greater sociopolitical reality: why is the US-Mexico frontier so permeable? I hate to fall back on old cliches, but recall the Chicano slogan, “We didn’t cross the border, the border crossed us.” To paraphrase Mike Davis, the border region (or Aztlan) is a transient construct.
I’m not against trade but when designating money with more border-crossing rights than humans, something is gonna give. Sci-fi walls of sanitary sound barriers in the middle of the desert is yet one more ridiculous application of xenophobia in a world characterized by immigration, urban slums and climate change. Paranoia seems to need its own border check.
Oh yeah, one last thought. What about the animals we humans share space with? How are they to be regarded as they are bombarded with nauseating sound frequencies as they traverse the border?
MAPSANDS™ is an autonomous, intelligent, fully integrated wide area perimeter security and access denial system.
MAPSANDS™ was specifically developed for large wide area perimeter applications such as international and sovereign borders, oil & gas infrastructure and other high value critical asset installations.
MAPSANDS™, unlike traditional perimeter security solutions, is a fully programmable, integrated autonomous system that can monitor, detect, track, target, warn, establish intent, deter, and if necessary deliver a non-lethal response to the would be aggressors, subject to compliance with applicable laws, regulations and treaties.