Texas Border Coalition Members to Meet During Global Border Security Conference on Border Alternatives at Technology Expo

AUSTIN, Texas , May 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With security technology highlighted at the Global Border Security Conference & Expo as its backdrop, members of the Texas Border Coalition will meet May 21 to discuss issues that directly affect the Texas - Mexico border region and build on strategies to recommend technological alternatives to erecting a physical border fence, which coalition members say will cede privately owned land to Mexico and disrupt economic development in the region.

Eagle Pass Mayor Chad Foster , chairman of the Texas Border Coalition, will also speak at the conference, which is being held in Austin, Texas May 21 and 22 at the Austin Convention Center. Foster's presentation is entitled, "Fence vs. Virtual Fence - DHS & Stakeholders Working Together."

The Texas Border Coalition, an alliance of border mayors, county judges and community leaders, contends that a "virtual fence" proposes the least adverse affect on socioeconomic and environmental conditions in Texas regions bordering Mexico .

In response to growing demand for border defense and security technology from federal and state governments, the 2008 Global Border Security Conference, organized and managed by E.J. Krause & Associates, has expanded its exposition to include two dedicated technology pavilions. The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Pavilion will focus on air-to-ground surveillance capabilities and unmanned aircraft. The Pavilion will showcase technologies from around the globe enabling more efficient, wide-area and all-terrain reconnaissance. The Advanced Biometrics Pavilion will present next-generation technologies for port and border security access control applications and integrated identification systems.

Said Michael Rosenberg , vice president of homeland security, for E.J. Krause : "Our goal is to bring together government and industry leaders to consider security services, technology products and policy strategies that can help better protect sovereign borders. This is a unique opportunity for government officials in homeland security and law enforcement to view firsthand what solutions are available to them. We are proud to be hosting the second annual Global Border Security Conference in Austin, Texas and anticipate that the conference will help define the next phase of investment in border surveillance and security."

In May 2007 , hundreds of technology leaders and border security decision makers from the United States , Canada , Europe and Mexico gathered in San Antonio for the inaugural Global Border Security Conference and Expo.

About E.J. Krause & Associates

E.J. Krause & Associates, Inc. (EJK) is one of the largest privately held exhibition management companies in the world. With offices on four continents, EJK produces more than 80 events in 16 different industries. EJK's reputation is based on its resolute commitment to excellence in service to its clients. For more information visit http://www.globalbordersecurity.com or http://www.ejkrause.com.

SOURCE E.J. Krause & Associates