Ridge wants "smart" fight against terrorism

| 4/29/2002

Director of Homeland Security Tom Ridge envisions a new breed of company offering homeland security technology for trucks, border crossings, subways, airports and a range of other uses.

"(The) entrepreneurial spirit is a potent weapon against terrorism," said Ridge. He spoke this week at a Washington, DC, gathering of the Electronics Industries Alliance. "Government needs to partner with the private sector to share resources and expertise."

Among Ridge's suggestions: dashboard electronics to help trucks reduce border crossing from two or three hours to a matter of seconds; use of satellites and cell phones to pinpoint trouble in an emergency; and x-ray scanners to develop smart borders.

"We must have information systems to identify and monitor the high-risk people and commerce and separate high-risk people and high-risk cargo from no-risk or low-risk people and cargo," Ridge said.