Earlier this year it was announced that Cocos Island National Park would be the first place to have a radar for surveillance system of 15 radars installed to monitor the seas around the island to address problems such as drug trafficking and illegal fishing.
Although the system is still at the technical studies phase, these radars will be located in the North Pacific in Santa Elena and in the South Pacific Whale Marine specifically, Cano Island and Corcovado.
“We are working on a strategy fully coordinated with other units of the Ministry of Environment and Energy and other state institutions, in fact we are finalizing negotiations with ICE to have a cooperation agreement, which is framed in the use of the infrastructure and has built this institution for various functions but could serve the country to install control systems and surveillance technology, “said the Ministry.
These will be 15 towers spread across the coast, where they will be installed high-tech cameras and remote sensing range and will be able to capture movement.
This week the ICE technical team began a trip to Cocos Island with the consultant of the project that is already defined, so that they can begin to define the operational parameters and chart the specific network design to be placed in first installment at Cocos Island.
The project is also incooperation with the National Coast Guard which will manage a comprehensive data center that will be located at the Coast Guard station, and from there they send the information gathered to sub-control centers that will receive the data to address and identify strategic points for the system.
By 2014 they expect to start to place the towers and equipment to these strategic points.
The Costa Rica News (TCRN)
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