Friday, November 03, 2017

Sweden eyes geo-fencing technology to prevent terror attacks

geo-fencing technology
Sweden is considering introducing digital geo-fences in urban areas to protect cities against potential terror attacks, Swedish TT News Agency reported on Thursday.

In April, a 39-year-old rejected asylum seeker from Uzbekistan drove a van into crowds of people on a busy shopping street in central Stockholm. Five people were killed in the terror attack, and now Sweden's infrastructure minister Tomas Eneroth wants to introduce geo-fencing to help prevent similar attacks from being carried out in the future, according to TT.

"The technology exists, but there have been no large-scale tests of it," said Eneroth, who hopes to see a pilot project carried out in Sweden next year.

The geo-fencing technology can be used to stop unauthorized vehicles from entering a geographically defined area. It can also be used digitally to limit vehicles' speed.

Since the April attack, Swedish authorities have tried to improve security in cities like Stockholm by introducing, for instance, more physical barriers on pedestrianized streets.

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