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Scottsdale-based company one step closer to building US-Mexico border wall

A section of the border fence is shown, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, along the U.S.-Mexico border in Brownsville, Texas. (Jason Hoekema/The Brownsville Herald via AP)

PHOENIX — A Scottsdale-based company is moving on to the second round of bids to build President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall.

The company is called Dark Pulse Technologies.

While some bids are focused on building an actual barrier along the U.S-Mexico border, CEO Dennis O’Leary said his bid focuses on deploying sensory technologies both on the surface and beneath the ground.

“If anyone walked up to the wall area, we’d be able to detect that,” O’Leary said. “If anyone tampered with the wall, tried to break through the wall or climbed the wall, we would see that immediately. And then also, if someone was trying to tunnel under the wall, we would see that as well.”

He added that sensors would be deployed below the ground to detect footprints. Plus, he said technology would be embedded into the wall structure so that the “wall itself becomes a sensor.”

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced in March it was requesting proposals for the border wall and heard from hundreds of companies, including O’Leary’s company.

The company now has until May 30 to submit a more detailed proposal, which must include an estimated cost. O’Leary said they should know by June whether or not they get to move on to the next round.

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