Road safety institute calls for high-tech solution for the issue of people smuggling

The road safety institute Vias has called for mobile phone detection technology to be used to help track down people smugglers more efficiently. The technology would be used to follow suspicious mobile phones. The Interior Minister Jan Jambon (Flemish nationalist) has said that he intends to look into Vias’ proposals that appear in articles in Saturday’s editions of the dailies ‘De Standaard’, ‘Gazet van Antwerpen’ and ‘De Morgen’. 

Vias’ Spokesman Maarten Swinnen told ‘De Standaard’ that the technology could be put in place at strategic points such as the Maximilian Park in Brussels or at lorry parks on motorway service stations.   

"Telephones are people smugglers’ most important weapons. A Wi-Fi tracker would provide an ideal means of assisting the police to address the issue of people smuggling. Currently they are trying to empty the ocean with a thimble”.   

A Spokesman for the Interior Minister Jan Jambon told the daily ‘De Morgen’ that Mr Jambon will look into the proposals. The Interior Minister is also favourable towards another of Vias’ proposals in which the road safety institute suggests using intelligent sound detection technology and sensors that would be attacked to lorries. These would be able to track when transits migrants attempt to break into and enter a lorry’s trailer.   

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