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European Union is testing AI-controlled border crossing

European Union is testing AI-controlled border crossing

Border guards will be equipped with handheld digital devices that will allow them to cross-check travelers identity and compare facial images taken during the pre-screening to passport photos as well as their present appearance.

You might attempt to "act casual" at the border if you are carrying more than your allowance for duty-free, or far more seriously, are attempting to smuggle illegal contraband across country lines, but the pilot AI, dubbed iBorderCtrl, will detect the little gestures we can not but help to make when we are lying and under pressure.

Travellers will be answering questions in front of a webcam which will study their macro and micro gestures to check if a person is lying. Users will fill out the online application and upload certain documents such as a passport.

The project, which will be trialed for a period of six months, has been made possible through an European Union contribution of roughly €4.5 million.




"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".

The European Commission thinks that it will provide a "unique approach to "deception detection" analyses the micro-expressions of travelers to figure out if the interviewee is lying". "iBorderCtrl's system will collect data that will move beyond biometrics and on to biomarkers of deceit".

If the system flags up anything suspicious, or if the agent clocks anything unusual, including any alleged lies, the official can opt to send the passenger off to a side room or area for a more detailed screening. If the computer says no, biometric information will be taken, such as face-matching, fingerprinting and palm vein reading. Initial trials will begin with lab testing to train border guards with the system, this is followed by onsite testing of the system along borders.

Even so, if the program does prove to be successful, queuing up at the border might soon become a thing of the past. But, according to the New Scientist, this pilot program won't, in its current state, prevent anyone's ability to cross the border.