FIMA installs surveillance system on the Lithuania-Belarus border

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Thanks to work by FIMA, the control of the section of border covered by the Lavoriškės frontier station will be even more effective. The smart infrastructure solutions company has now completed the installation of a new surveillance system on this 22km section of the EU’s external border.

“Until now, the area covered by the Lavoriškės frontier station was controlled by seismic sensors mounted at the border. Based on our expertise and the success of different technologies used elsewhere, we have replaced these sensors with a sensor cable and video surveillance cameras and upgraded the control centre. We are convinced that such a combination of technologies will help to detect border transgressions effectively and will also prove to be an excellent preventative measure as well. This is just one of a number of good decisions which will ensure the security of the external borders of the European Union and the Schengen Area”, said Vytautas Ulevičius, a representative of the State Border Guard Service.

Once the sensor cable or a video surveillance camera has detected an incident at the border, the signal is automatically transmitted to the surveillance centre at the Lavoriškės frontier station, and the camera mounted at the border will show the precise location of the incident on a screen.

“By developing this system, we sought to increase the efficiency of the work carried out by border guards. From now on, officers will be able to assess the situation at the border without leaving their desks. They will not need to go to the border to assess an incident every time one occurs. Furthermore, the system has been configured so as to significantly reduce the number of fault alerts because it is capable of distinguishing a human being from an animal, can determine an object’s direction of motion and eliminates the impact of meteorological factors. The system’s accuracy is particularly important where there is a large network of video cameras,” said Giedrius Zaicevas, Security Solutions Expert at FIMA.

Along the section controlled by the Lavoriškės frontier station, FIMA’s specialists laid a 22km-long sensor cable, installed a network of 300 video surveillance cameras and designed an information system which collects data from the border facilities, sends alerts to officers working in border surveillance posts and displays information about the situation at the border on screens. In addition, a fibre-optic data transmission system was installed, and an uninterruptable power supply was provided. Infrared cameras ensure that the border monitoring works as well at night as it does during the day.

The border surveillance system was installed at the Lavoriškės frontier stations as one of a number of projects funded by the 2014–2020 Programme of the Internal Security Fund.