"LineSight allows border agents around the world to more effectively accelerate movement of passengers and cargo without compromising safety."
The information technology company, Unisys, has developed security software designed to make borders more secure and equip the staff guarding them to make “critical, on-the-spot decisions” about whether to further investigate travellers and cargo. Called LineSight, Unisys’ software harnesses data analytics and machine learning that effectively enables it to improve its ability to detect the more it’s used, reducing the number of incorrect alerts.
LineSite uses targeting algorithms to continuously take in and examine large quantities of data from a range of different sources, giving operators using the equipment clear signals of possible threats close to real time. In the case of travellers, the process of assessing risk can start as early as the visa application, giving sufficient warning to those policing borders to intervene early if necessary.
The Unisys global head of public sector, Mark Forman, said that an update to the situation whereby risks are based on previously known threats was akin to “driving a car and only using your rear view mirror” and had to change. “Due to the overwhelming amount of data that has to be reviewed, as well as limited budgets and resources in governments, these old solutions can’t keep up,” said Forman. “LineSight allows border agents around the world to more effectively accelerate movement of passengers and cargo without compromising safety,” adding that it would result in “faster and better-informed border clearance” that was also safer.
The latest software from @unisyscorp comes following World Tourism Organization figures that showed an increased strain on international borders, with a 7% spike in international tourist numbers last year to more than 1.3bn people – a number that is expected to rise by a further 5% in 2018. Air freight, meanwhile has experienced double digit growth. Despite these rises and the huge numbers of passengers and cargo transported on a daily basis, fewer than one in 1,000 of them pose threats or contain illicit items such as drugs, counterfeit goods or weapons.
The market intelligence company, International Data Corporation, said there was a need for such software in a day and age when governments and security agencies were working harder than ever to protect their borders. “They will need to leverage technologies like advanced data analytics and machine learning to stay ahead of adversaries with the ability to predict threats before they occur,” said Alison Brooks, research director, smart cities and public safety, at the IDC.
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