Are AI Body Scanners Coming To Airports?

Artificial intelligence is becoming a regular factor in daily lives, and soon it could play a part in safely traveling the friendly skies. In an effort to improve security measures (and cut down on those endlessly long lines), a group of scientists is working on a scanner that can make the screening process a total breeze.

Evolv Technology is a startup that focuses on combining security with cutting-edge technology. And their latest endeavor is airport body scanners with an added dose of artificial intelligence. Although the scanners from Evolv use the same millimeter-wave imaging frequencies of current devices, that is where the similarities end. No longer will you have to enter a circular booth and wait impatiently for the waves to create a scan of your body.

Instead, Evolv’s device allows you to walk through security without stopping. As you walk, the beams will bounce off your body and be relayed to an artificial intelligence algorithm. The system has been set up to react if any of the beams encounter a potentially dangerous device; if anything raises an alarm, the AI alerts airport security so they can go handle the matter.

Not only does Evolv promise that their system will speed up time spent in line waiting for security, it will dramatically reduce the effort people have to waste following protocols. With the artificial intelligence programmed only to pick up dangerous items, you won’t have to empty your pockets or worry about your belt buckle setting off an alarm. And for those concerned about their privacy, Evolv has stated repeatedly that their system doesn’t store any data about people or their bodies.

The devices have done will in the testing phase, with the company claiming it can scan up to 800 people in just an hour.; now it’s time to see how they work in the real world. Evolv will see their system go live at Denver International Airport, as well as several train stations. Should everything go as planned,  Evolv’s device could become a staple at major airports across the country — and the old days of body scans could be a thing of the past.

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