The FIFA World Cup season is an excitable time for many of us. Be it the tension whether our favourite team would get through to the higher rounds, or whether they can win that epic match against their arch nemesis, the entire season is filled with expectations and tense moments. And it seems that such emotions were shared by a company too. Though Qylur Security Systems might have a favourite team, their palpitations were from the testing phase of their Qylatron Entry Experience Solutions, a complete and independent solution that promises to automate and revolutionize Airport security screening.

The strange honeycomb like device was hired by the event contractor in Brazil and was given the responsibility to manage entry security for one entrance at Arena de Baixada for four games. Qylur has to prove that the system works, before they can enter into mainstream airports around the world, so this test run was a moment of truth for the creators of the system. The system is completely automated with five pods arranged around a central sensor. Each of the pods is as large as a large microwave, so most of the carry-on bags can fit in easily. In the off chance it doesn’t, Qylur can tweak the size. From the looks of the design, the entire system seems to be modular, so perhaps the system might have expansion capabilities too in the future.

The entire process is automated and quite simple. The user has to hold up their ticket to one of the pod, which unlocks it. They can then put their bags in the pod and by the time they walk around the normal detector gate beside it, the system completes a complete scan of the baggage for illegal and dangerous items. If the baggage passes the scan the pod turns green, after which the user can just hold up their ticket and the pod unlocks. In case the system detects something illegal or dangerous, the pod turns red, locks down and informs a security official. The entire process happens without the need of any human intervention. Thus you can say goodbye to the having to open up your bags to pesky officials and having them touching. The system at Brazil moved five people at a time and so was efficient enough to keep the crowds moving without giving them the time to get annoyed.

The test at FIFA was a test of flexibility too, since FIFA has a strict policy regarding what is included and what is not. The restrictions range from long umbrellas, flagpoles, banners to even mundane objects like bags of flour. Although, Qylur didn’t disclose how the system detects, but from the looks of things that the system has a large training dataset against which it compares the multi-view X-Rays of the scanned baggage and identifies the contraband substances. But with the FIFA restrictions, it was a different case.

The machine learning algorithm would have to be vastly expanded for the FIFA event. So instead of spending valuable time, the creators tested another flexibility of the machine. They made humans collaborate with the machine. So while the machine scans for dangerous objects, a remote human operator goes through the scans to identify the more mundane contrabands and alert the system. The system was a runaway hit detecting even toy kangaroos which the Australian fans tried to sneak in and perhaps prevented a kangaroo apocalypse that might’ve started from the Spain-Australia match.

Source: Wired


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