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  • The woeful TSA doesn’t need more staff. It needs this tech

    Wired - 05/26/2016

    The Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats (ALERT) Center at Northeastern University is a Department of Homeland Security “Center of Excellence” (a swanky name for funded R&D centers) that is looking into the future of security checkpoints, and it’s got some intriguing ideas. Those include making checkpoints painless—maybe even invisible—and new video recognition techniques to spot and track suspicious behavior.

    “Our vision for a 2020 checkpoint is to triple the current rate of scanning,” says researcher Jose Martinez Lorenzo, from 100 people per line, per hour, to 300. Better yet, in his vision, passengers won’t even have to break stride, offer up their tiny shampoo bottles, or dig out their computers. They will walk through an arch or a tunnel at normal pace, and be scanned in real time.

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