In the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are reportedly being deployed in an effort to stop asylum seekers from entering the U.K.
According to a report from The Independent, Eurotunnel – the rail transport company that manages the 30-mile Channel Tunnel connecting France and the U.K. – will use UAS in an area surrounding the tunnel’s French entrance. The report says Brexit could bring an influx of migrants from Calais, a town in northern France.
A Eurotunnel spokesperson told The Independent that the drones will be used in conjunction with existing cameras, motion sensors and security guards; when a threat is detected, the camera-equipped UAS will be brought in to “survey the situation.”
The spokesperson added that Eurotunnel wants to “stay ahead of the curve in case there is any increase in [asylum seeker] numbers in the future.”
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