ISRAEL - Israeli AI Cuts Airport Security Time

Arno Froese

What are the biggest Covid-19 concerns associated with flying? Being on the plane might be not as risky as originally thought, according to a study of passengers on a flight from Tel Aviv to Frankfurt.

The bigger worry may be maintaining social distance in the security-check line prior to boarding. Artificial intelligence-based software from Israeli startup SeeTrue is not Covid-19-specific, but it can speed up the process by 30 percent or more.

The software alerts screening staff to any suspicious object in passengers’ carry-on luggage. That means less bags opened on a hunch or spot check, less misidentification of dangerous materials (was that a gun or a flashlight?) and, as a result, fewer stops and starts on the conveyer belt.

Another benefit: Opening fewer bags means less physical contact–another potential vector for spreading the virus.

SeeTrue’s software plugs into existing airport screening systems—the now familiar X-ray and CT machines—and compares what it sees on screen with a database of forbidden objects. The database can reside in the cloud or locally. Frenkel suggests the latter may be preferable for both data security reasons and speed.

SeeTrue’s software has some serious lifting to do. “There are thousands of types of guns and millions of types of knives,” Frenkel says. “From a computer perspective, identifying that is quite a challenge. It’s not just comparing specific items you can make out in a library.”, 7 October 2020

Arno's commentary

One word—“security”—is the key to making the public accept virtually any intrusion of privacy. Only a few decades ago, much protest was heard relating to security checks of all passengers. Today, it’s normal, it’s accepted—even x-rays where the person’s body is fully exposed to the security agent.

Not surprisingly, when it comes to security, Israel is second to none. They have to be, as they are surrounded by Arab countries, of which only two—Egypt and Jordan—were at peace with Israel (before the UAE and Bahrain) and which did not result in full-fledged normal cooperation between the countries. Thus, for Israel, it is vital to always be one step ahead on security measures.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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