Sunday, June 26, 2005

New Israeli system IDs terrorists without profiling

An Israeli company has developed a system to identify past and potential terrorists.

The company said the system uses polygraph-like tools to identify insurgents — even when they do not have weapons — within three minutes.

The passenger places his passport on a scanner and the other hand on a sensor. He is then asked to answer written questions indicated by the passport while a special detector measures physiological responses.

Executives said the SDS-VR-1000 system, meant to replace human selectors, was based on the expertise of former officials from the Mossad and Israel Security Agency.

Suspect Detection Systems said it has developed what it called an advance automated filtering tool to identify potential attackers to airports and other crowded facilities, Middle East Newsline reported.
"Our system makes an initial assessment within three minutes," SDS chief executive officer Shabtai Shoval said. "If the system identifies a suspect, he can be sent to a personal agent to complete the investigation."

They said the system assumed that insurgents were able to reach their target without weapons and using their real identity.

The SDS-VR-1000, through the use of artificial intelligence in software, measures psychological and physiological parameters to detect hostile intent.

"What this does is collect objective data out of the passenger's ID — and it analyzes the data compared to the subjective data it collects while the passenger is asked different questions," Shoval said. "The process takes about three minutes, and the passenger either receives a transfer printout authorizing him to advance to the next stage of entry to the country, or an announcement that he is required for further questioning. A monitoring official will then escort the passenger to another area for further questioning."

Executives said that in trials the SDS-VR-1000 achieved a success rate of 95 percent. They said Israeli authorities have approved the system and would undergo testing later in 2005 in Israel at an unidentified U.S. airport.

SDS has been negotiating with Boeing regarding a strategic partnership in the United States. Executives said the system was expected to cost about $200,000.

"It's like a robot selection process," Shoval said. "We don't make the decision to take someone out of line and put him in jail. We only take someone for further investigation. There's no profile selecting and no human rights violations."

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