For 30 years, longtime Ahwatukee Foothills resident Lois Britland has stood behind a project to bring a high-definition camera to the Arizona-Mexico border, an effort she said needs support.
After meeting a business owner from Canada, who had been working with the camera’s developers, Britland supported the idea from the start.
Manufactured in Korea, the Shumits Identification Device cameras offer thermal detection, 400x digital zoom, and have a detection range of more than 12 miles.
“I’m for doing anything we can to protect our border safety,” said Britland, 83, president of Silva Wellness Center.
Though her 40-year career is in yoga instruction and a method of mind control called the Silva method, Britland agreed her stance on border security rings on the conservative side.
Britland has already gained some support from Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whom Britland admires.
“(Arpaio) said it was a good idea, and that support was needed,” Britland said.
The next step, according to Britland, is to set up a demonstration for the state. Though with the summer heat, she realizes that may not happen until fall.
If the demonstration of the camera’s abilities could take place, and the state seeks to implement them, Britland would like to see the cameras built in Chandler.
“We’d have a little gold mine here,” she said excitedly.
In addition to the camera’s long-distance detection range, they offer an auto-tracing function which records movement on the screens without an operator’s monitoring, according to an information booklet.
Britland mentioned the idea of selling the cameras to other border states like California and Texas. With a goal to have a warehouse for camera production, Britland ensures that she would be in charge of them.
Though a lot of the plans are in early stages, Britland ensures it “won’t be flaky.”
“I want something to benefit our state, and at my age I am determined to make a difference.”
• Diana Martinez is freelancing this summer for the Ahwatukee Foothills News. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.