DHS S&T Awards Funding for Aviation Self-Screening Concept and Prototype

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Branch’s Speed ​​Screening Program announced $ 2,527,907.76 awarded to Vanderlande Industries Inc. of Marietta, Ga., to develop a concept and prototype of passenger self-checking that streamlines TSA PreCheck® operations. The funding was awarded as part of the agency’s announcement Screening at Speed ​​Broad, which is accelerating the efforts of Screening at Speed ​​and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Innovation Working Group to bring improved automation to TSA airport security checkpoints.

“The development of self-checkpoints at checkpoints, through the Passenger Self-Checking Project, will allow passengers to carry out check-in activities themselves, in the same way as the passenger car. -control in grocery stores, ”said Kathryn Coulter Mitchell, senior official serving as Under-Secretary for Science and Technology. “The High Speed ​​Screening Program pursues transformative research and development (R&D) to increase the efficiency of curb-to-gate aviation security, while reducing wait times and improving the passenger experience. Screening at Speed ​​enables this vision by developing passenger automation solutions to transform TSA PreCheck’s concept of operations.

During this project, Vanderlande will design and build an automated checkpoint prototype that will combine its PAX Advanced MX2 Automatic Control Lane (ASL) with standard passenger control systems to create four integrated checkpoints for one control lane. . Combining ASL with passenger checkpoints will simplify the process of x-ray screening of personal property and in-person screening from two steps to one. The system will provide continuous monitoring of prohibited and / or concealed items and provide passengers with near real-time information if further screening is required.

Passenger Screening Automation and ASLs will create the next generation screening experience to improve safety, reduce Transportation Security Officer (TSO) workload, reduce the time passengers spend being screened, reduce the need for searches, reduce equipment life cycle costs and improve the overall passenger experience.

“Automated passenger checkpoints will keep travelers and TSOs safe in pandemic situations like the one we face today, and create a faster and more convenient experience for airline passengers. Screening at Speed ​​continues to work across our portfolio of projects to meet TSA’s short, medium and long term capacity needs and innovate for the future, ”said John Fortune, Screening Program Manager at Speed.

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