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FRCA Looking To Invest In Drones

In the bid to improve security at the borders, the Fiji Revenue and Customs is looking at employing remote-controlled drones in the long future. Drones are operated of unmanned aerial
29 Jan 2015 15:32
FRCA Looking To Invest In Drones

In the bid to improve security at the borders, the Fiji Revenue and Customs is looking at employing remote-controlled drones in the long future.

Drones are operated of unmanned aerial vehicles like helicopters which could be used at ports of entry.

The investment is critical to the tourism industry, which remains the largest foreign exchange earner for Fiji.

FRCA chief executive officer Jitoko Tikolevu said the Nadi International Airport, Queens Wharf (Lautoka), Vuda Marina and Port Denarau were critical because they were our gateways to the world.

“Drones are a more sophisticated tool of work and it can maximise our work in terms of intervention,” Mr Tikolevu said during the International Customs Day celebration at the Tokatoka Resort in Nadi yesterday.

“Those things are definitely for the future but at the moment we need portable scanners to scan what comes through at the wharfs but we have it at the airport.”

He said there were no provisions to scan goods that came through air particular since there was no X-ray machine for large consignments.

“It is more important than ever before as volumes of goods tend to increase, consignments via air are targeted with risks and profiling than we search for goods through.”

Mr Tikolevu said the trend and channels continued to change.

“People know that we focus on one thing and they change to the other , so it can come through yachts.”

This year’s theme is “Co-ordinated Border Management – An inclusive approach for connecting stakeholders” where all border sector agencies need to actively participate in effective information dialogue.

“This has led to service improvement and more importantly better border management,” Mr Tikolevu said.

“The world is developing rapidly, criminals and crimes are getting more sophisticated, and we the border soldiers need to work smarter and keep abreast and ahead of things.”

He said with the limited resources the best solution available was to see they work together.

 

 

 

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