The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will install radio frequency technology at five border posts with Canada and Mexico to track foreigners driving in and out of North America.

In its ongoing efforts to tighten border security and monitor possible terrorist and criminal activity, Bob Mocny of the Department of Homeland Security said the wireless chips for vehicles would become mandatory at designated border crossings in Canada and Mexico as of next Thursday.

"This is a major transformation of how we are going to be gathering information about entries and exits along the border," Mocny said at a Wednesday news conference in Toronto. "The fundamental obligation of our government is to protect our citizens."

After a foreigner entering the U.S. has passed a thorough security check once, they will be given a document containing the chip. This document will need to be renewed every six months.

InformationWeek > Security > Homeland Security To Launch RFID Systems At Border Crossings > July 28, 2005


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