How is AI used to optimise airports?

Aircraft itineraries are designed so that a person can travel from one country to another by making connections between one airline and another. Security agents use an airport security scanner to analyze the luggage of the thousands of passengers who pass through their facilities. However, screening so much baggage, coupled with the pressure of tight schedules, can quickly exhaust security agents and lead to errors. With the evolution of artificial intelligence, companies such as Nuctech have created scanners that can analyze, in real time, the contents of each bag and detect any suspicious material, even faster than a security agent could detect it. This not only allows passengers to reach their destination without delay but also reduces fatigue for security personnel. Avoiding this type of inconvenience is one of the priorities of any airport.

Hazardous item detection

If you’ve ever traveled by air, you’ve seen those signs explaining which items cannot travel in your luggage. However, a piece of luggage can contain a myriad of items that can be complicated to analyze without some help. The artificial intelligence in these scanners is designed to detect a wide variety of organic and non-organic materials. From a piece of ham that cannot be transported to narcotics dissolved in water, the AI displays alerts when it detects some of these items. One advantage of this technology is that as new “tricks” for hiding illegal goods in suitcases are discovered, the algorithm of all scanners in the world that operate with artificial intelligence can be updated. If an airport in Dubai gets an illegal item, it can transmit that information to another airport in New York with no problems.

AI is constantly learning

It may be the case that the AI recognizes a material as potentially dangerous, but it is not. It may also happen that the AI does not know what the material is and therefore alerts the security agent. Here, the security agent can analyze the material and enter information about it into the scanner. Once this is done, the AI will detect the same material in future suitcases. The AI can learn to detect new types of materials, perfecting its capabilities and accuracy. Each suitcase that passes through the scanner is a chance to improve the AI’s analysis algorithm. In addition, the process for recording these findings is very simple. It only requires the security agent to select the area that triggered the alert and log the material found in the suitcase into the system.


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