FTA launches device to detect migrants

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A portable device that monitors CO2 emissions to detect migrants in the back of trucks has gone on sale on the Freight Transport Association’s website.

The detector picks up CO2 emissions within a 40ft range and can send text or email alerts to the driver or transport manager and the manufacturer’s monitoring service.  Settings can be adjusted according to the cargo, so fruit and vegetables that emit CO2 do not cause false alarms.

James Hookham, deputy chief executive of the FTA, said: “Anything that makes it safer for drivers to do their job is to be welcomed.  This sensor removes the need for them to check their own trucks – something that puts them in serious danger in Calais where there are thousands of migrants milling around.”

The detector is fully portable and can be moved from vehicle to vehicle.  It has a battery life of between two and four months and requires a monthly subscription.

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