The European Union is set to trial the use of artificial intelligence to more efficiently process and effectively manage the flow of travelers through certain checkpoints. Border authorities in Hungary, Latvia and Greece will use the iBorderCtrl system to evaluate and assess passengers and travelers for potential risks.
The European Union (EU) is set to use AI technology to more efficiently process and effectively manage the flow of travelers at select checkpoints. The iBorderCtrl system, funded by the bloc, will soon be trialed at borders in Hungary, Latvia and Greece.
Explaining how iBorderCtrl operates, the European Commission states that, “The iBorderCtrl system has been set up so that travelers will use an online application to upload pictures of their passport, visa and proof of funds, then use a webcam to answer questions from a computer-animated border guard, personalized to the traveler’s gender, ethnicity and language. The unique approach to ‘deception detection’ analyses the micro-expressions of travelers to figure out if the interviewee is lying.”
Upon arrival, “Travelers who have been flagged as low risk during the pre-screening stage will go through a short re-evaluation of their information for entry, while higher-risk passengers will undergo a more detailed check,” the commission states.
At this point, border authorities can then use a small, handheld device to check the details and facial images provided before a traveler’s arrival and are even able to compare this information to that provided during previous border crossings. Once documents are processed and fingerprints, palm scans and facial features are verified, the traveler is then reassessed for any risk that they might pose.
Once this assessment is complete, a human guard then takes over border procedures.
Offering his comments on the iBorderCtrl system, project coordinator George Boultadakis of service provider European Dynamics, said, “We’re employing existing and proven technologies – as well as novel ones – to empower border agents to increase the accuracy and efficiency of border checks. iBorderCtrl’s system will collect data that will move beyond biometrics and on to biomarkers of deceit.”