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PHOENIX (KSAZ) -

Some of the inventions inside of the convention center right now seem like something straight out of the movies, but the gadgets and gear are either being used at the border or will be soon.

Alex Solis is tasing himself to show how his product, Thor Shield, can keep border agents safe if their taser gets turned on them.

"It will stop the actual electricity from penetrating their body," said Solis.

This is a Raven Mobile Surveillance System there are 44 of these on the U.S. border, mostly in the southwest.

"This allows the agent to go out day or night to observe out to around 12 km both visually regarding radar detected targets. What does that mean? It means the radar is able to obtain a target of interest once obtained click on radar signal and the cameras slew independent of the radar and can look at that target," said Bobby Brown with Integrative Surveillance Systems.

Some technology can be an agents eyes in this sky.

One drone on display, can be carried in a backpack, then deployed with a video camera.

Other stays on the ground like Timberspy products.

"Anything that grows or exists in nature we build it. But we build it to where its hollow, we build it to where you can put cameras inside it. You can deploy anywhere so whether its cactus along the AZ border or fake tree stumps along the Montana border," said Kurt Ludwigsen with Timberspy.

And then there's the technology that might creep you out, facial recognition.

"If we need to target on any specific gender or race because we're trying to find a subject, we can set the parameters and the threshold to find that person," said Kevin Haskins with Cognitec.

The expo continues from 1pm to 4pm Wednesday, it is free for government employees and $100 for the general public.

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