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Tech Innovations Re-Inventing Airport Security

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Can machines help to prevent terrorist attacks in airports and on planes? And can those systems operate without compromising privacy and freedom? If not, have the terrorists already won?

One report says that several tech innovations could radically change the landscape of airport security:

  1. Biometrics: Face and iris scanners have progressed to the point that a cursory glance can identify a passenger and then approve or deny his or her access to board a plane.
  2. Behavioral Analytics: Software now exists that can analyze surveillance videos to spot suspicious activity. Just horsing around? Even that, evidently, could be worth checking out.
  3. Point-and-Shoot Scanners: Handheld devices, like remote bar code scanners, that can analyze and spot danger signs in both people and materials.
  4. Video Synopsis Tools: Using software that crunches several hours' worth of video into shorter segments, security teams can look closer at certain people, such as those who frequent the same areas at an airport, to monitor suspicious behavior.
  5. Integrated Alerts and Data: Enabling surveillance cameras to zoom, take better pictures and share them more quickly could transmit information more efficiently -- like broadcasting a license plate number to a security guard's smartphone, for instance.
  6. Big Data: Using algorithms to speedily sort, analyze and disseminate data that might help to predict which people are likelier to commit terrorist acts.

Some people stheorize that the future of airport security will be entirely machine-based, with robots equipped to scan for dangerous materials.

And more, says one expert: "Brain-machine interfaces are already emerging in experimental and even commercial settings in both implantable and non-invasive formats. In the future, a system using EEG signals could provide identity authentication." 

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Jim Lillie

Jim began writing for newspapers and designing for publishing companies at a time when both industries were just beginning to make the switch from manual to digital platforms. Jim lives in Boulder, Colorado with his teenage son.

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