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Taiwan to build high-tech airport fence

2011/07/24 16:56:50

Taipei, July 24 (CNA) Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport said Sunday it has decided to install a high-tech fence along the airport border to improve security.

The fence, which will be equipped with a sensor and tracking system, is estimated to cost NT$180 million (US$6.24 million). The installation project is expected to be completed by mid-2012.

Yeh Kuang-shih, chairman of the Taoyuan International Airport Corp., said there should be no lapse in airport security.

He was referring to a security breach at the airport earlier this month when a woman went over the 3-meter high double-layered fence at the airport by climbing a tree. The woman then reached the restricted area and boarded a China Airlines plane.

After the incident, the airport management stepped up its security efforts by having its personnel periodically trim the trees near the 14-kilometers long fence, and installed 16 additional monitors on the premises.

The proposed security upgrade project has attracted the interest of United States and Japanese companies that specialize in security systems.

(By Wang Shu-fen and Ann Chen)
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