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Supply of a device for highly effective detection of persons hiding in vehicles, without vehicle disassembly

The Hungarian national police purchased six heartbeat detectors and installed them at six border crossings to reduce the number of irregular immigrants entering the country hidden in vehicles.

Project dates 17/08/2009 - 31/05/2010
Total budget€233 996
EU contribution75%
Name of the entity managing the projectNational Police Headquarters

Project Description

The strengthening of the Green Belt surveillance increased the number of people trying to cross the border on public roads into Hungary by hiding in vehicles. The authorities sought to counter the problem by checking vehicles with endoscopes and carbon dioxide probes, but these were not always appropriate.

The national police decided to purchase heartbeat detectors, which are more appropriate for the infrastructure of several border crossing points.

Benefits and results

Over the course of this project, the national police purchased six heartbeat detectors and checked over half of the lorries and buses entering Hungary via the six border crossings at which the new equipment was installed.

The heartbeat detectors allow the Hungarian police responsible for border control at the Ukrainian and Serbian borders to take effective steps against irregular migration. The police carefully chose where to place the equipment, ensuring that the traffic was not significantly disturbed or slowed down for travellers.

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