Fort Worth firm awarded Homeland Security contract

ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department has awarded a $145 million contract for a series of border security towers to be built along the Mexican border in Arizona.

Customs and Border Protection spokesman Michael Friel says the contact was given to EFW Inc., a government contractor from Fort Worth.

Friel says the integrated fixed towers will detect, track, identify and classify suspicious activity along the Arizona border.

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The towers will start going up on the border later this year. No other details about the program were released.

Homeland Security has been searching for several years for a combination of technology and manpower to secure the 2,000-mile long border with Mexico. Previously a so-called virtual fence was scrapped after the technology didn’t work the way the government anticipated.