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Israeli company to provide latest border security towers

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The government spent a billion dollars developing a "virtual fence" project south of Tucson a few years ago. The government spent a billion dollars developing a "virtual fence" project south of Tucson a few years ago.
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

An Israeli company will be in charge of the next attempt to use high-tech security along Arizona's border with Mexico.

The Department of Homeland Security has awarded a $145 million contract to a U.S. subsidiary of Elbit Systems for a new series of security towers to track and identify suspicious activity.

The government spent a billion dollars developing a "virtual fence" project south of Tucson a few years ago, but it was canceled in 2011 after struggling to meet performance goals.

The new system is supposed to work out of the box, without development.

The towers will start going up on the border later this year.

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