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Faster data analysis on tactical handheld devices

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced a new program to optimize tactical handheld technology for quick decision-making in the field; the Exchange of Actionable Information at the Tactical Edge (EAITE) program, designed to sift through data from multiple sources for faster analysis

Border Patrol relies in obsolescent surveillance gear

Share on linkedin . An Obama administration plan to update equipment the Border Patrol is using did not materialize, and now officials are concerned about outdated equipment putting the lives of agents in danger; the sensors now in use were originally said to be able to put Border Patrol agents in position to capture 90 percent of border invaders, but the DHS inspector general determined that just 4 percent of the alarms were confirmed cases of smugglers and border crossers; 34 percent were false alarms, and 62 percent were undetermined

Dubai Airport deploys Identity Verification Solution from AOptix

AOptix automated iris and face recognition systems are to be installed at 100 immigration smart counters and Smart Gates at Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 3, the world’s largest airport terminal. The systems are being integrated and deployed by Emaratech, a major regional systems integrator for government, border control, aviation security and electronic identification systems.

Manned planes beating drones as the more capable tool in war on drugs

In the never-ending war on drugs, U.S. Navy planes are showing that technology does not necessarily mean improvement, as manned planes are outmaneuvering unmanned drones in catching cocaine smugglers traveling by sea; in 2011 the manned planes caught an average of $30 million of cocaine per day, and during the last five years they have detected more than 853,000 pounds of cocaine

Border Patrol kiosk detects liars trying to enter U.S.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is using border crossing stations in Arizona to test new technology to detect liars as they attempt to enter the country; travelers are subjected to a 5-minute interview with the kiosk, while microphones monitor vocal pitch frequency and quality, an infrared camera monitors eye movement and pupil dilation, and a high definition camera monitors facial expression.

Argentina strengthens migratory control

Since April, about five million travelers have been registered by the country’s biometric ID system, which will be implemented nationwide by the end of the year.

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