High-Tech Security for Bali’s Ports

GILIMANUK

Bali’s main ports are to get high-tech security gates, aimed at improving safety and control of passengers entering the island by sea.

The provincial authorities have allocated Rp60 billion for the project, which will see the gates installed at Padangbai and Gilimanuk, according to Governor I Made Mangku Pastika.

“We have commenced procurement of the gates. Currently, we are carrying out the tender,” Pastika said, adding that the gates would enable the easy detection of explosives and contraband.

Pastika said that he hoped the tender process would be transparent, and refuted criticism of the high cost of the gates.

“We welcome any residents or journalists who want to monitor the tender and make sure that no corruption is involved. The cost is high because it’s not just a gate but a system that can monitor all objects, including explosives, that pass through the gate,” he said.

Pastika said that the electronic detection devices installed in the gates would speed up security checks as they would reduce the need for manual checks of vehicles and passengers. He said that operation of the systems would be run by the provincial police.

“This is because the Bali Police know the needs better than the Bali administration. Moreover, the gates will be manned and operated by police officers and not by administration staff,” he said.

The gates form part of Pastika’s ongoing efforts to improve Bali’s security, which have already included the establishment of a crisis centre.

“The whole system is for Bali security. Hopefully, there will never be another terrorist attack in Bali. That’s why we have developed a security system with high technology,” he said.

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