Thursday, January 28, 2010
San Diego State University officials and Baja California's Secretary of Public Safety plan to work together to create systems to securely share information across the U.S.-Mexico border.
SDSU researchers and Baja California law enforcement officials say it is the first time a U.S. university and a Mexican state entity have agreed to share information and resources. They say the idea is to improve public safety on both sides of the border.
Alex Hatoum helps manage the project for SDSU's Homeland Security Department.
He says this is the first step toward being able to stream data like information on deportees, floods or stolen cars across the border on a secure fiber optic line. He says if there's an earthquake, for example, SDSU researchers could access a network of cameras posted around Tijuana.
"So we can see what our consulate looks like or what the border situation is like on the Mexican side of the border. We'll be able to do that. We will have a live video feed from inside of Mexico on a secure network here."
Hatoum says another goal is to give Baja California authorities access to San Diego's stolen car database.