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Smart cameras to be installed on roads near Latvia's eastern border

Intelligent cameras will be installed on roads close to Latvia's eastern border. Furthermore, border guard will be given both thermal cameras and personal cameras for use while they're protecting the border, reports Latvian Radio February 26.

The initiative, worth close to €600,000, is a joint affair between Latvia and Lithuania. 

The Latvian border in Latgale, the country's east, is often penetrated by people smugglers and contraband goods. More than 300 people crossing the border illegally have been detained on Latvia's border with Belarus in the past five years, and in 2017 the volume of smuggled goods seized by the police increased 130% over 2016, according to Juris Pastars, a representative for the State Police. 

"There'll be up to 20 web cams on state-level roads in the border, reading cars' licence plates. It will allow monitoring traffic movement in the Latgale region," he told Latvian Radio.

Border guards will be equipped with body cameras, 79 in total. The Border Guard will also buy four thermal cameras, and 66 video recorders for vehicles.  

The joint initiative will be carried out by mid-2019. 

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