In an effort to counter the recent spate of a terrorist attack involving the terrorists using vehicles like cars and vans to plow down pedestrians in busy streets, the UK Government is planning to go hi-tech. Plans are being made to install hi-tech digital force fields around countries iconic buildings and bridges to block the vehicles being used in the terror attacks.
The Times reported saying the UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) is investigating the use of internet-based solutions to counter a recent spate of terror attacks using cars and vans to plow down pedestrians in busy areas.
Recently London has witnessed three terror attacks which included an attack on the parliament in March, another at London Bridge and a mosque in Finsbury Park last month.
Reports suggest the UK ministers are keen on the development of technologies such as “geofencing” systems which use satellites to create electronic boundaries around specific sites. This system will be integrated with the onboard computers in the car allowing security to prevent unauthorized vehicles from gaining access as well as can slow them down to walking pace.
Apart from this new technology the Department for Transport also confirmed to be looking for similar technologies to prevent terror attacks using vehicles as weapons.
“Departments across government have been working together with the police and security service to explore what more can be done to prevent the malicious use of vehicles as a weapon. The DfT is exploring what role vehicle safety technologies can play in mitigating this. This work is at an early stage.” – said DfT spokesperson.
Similar technology is already being adopted by Sweden in response to an attack in Stockholm in April when a truck was driven into pedestrians on a busy shopping street, killing four people. Trails are being conducted by vehicles manufacturers including Scania and Volvo. Whereas a British firm is working on a new technology similar, where they are using telematics -black box-style devices -to shut down a car or lorry when it has been hijacked.
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