NEW YORK, March 25 (UPI) -- A $138-million ultrahigh-tech surveillance security will be installed to monitor the grounds surrounding New York City-area airports.
John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports in New York City, and Newark and Teterboro airports in New Jersey, will be equipped with radar, infrared sensors, motion detectors and electronic fences, The New York Daily News reported Saturday.
The Perimeter Intrusion Detection System is designed to detect trespassers cutting through security fences and suspicious boats too close to runways, said defense firm Raytheon.
The system is expected to be fully operational by February 2008.
"It's the first of its kind in the nation, and it's a technology that allows the eyes and the ears of the facility to be coordinated in one place so police and rescue personnel can respond immediately," said John McCarthy, a spokesman for the Port Authority, which runs all four airports. "It's like a digital security net."