This EU H2020 funded project main objective is to improve convenience and efficiency of the airport detection systems
Most people are familiarized with the inconvenience of having to go through a “hand search o pat down” in airports checkpoints. Apart from being invasive and privacy disruptive, the whole procedure significantly slows down the flow of passengers, which means even longer waiting for queues. Additionally, in the case of wave body scanners, the use of sexually explicit images that have to be interpreted by an agent arises some concerns about user’s privacy and dignity.
The main challenge of MESMERISE is to develop a new scanning technology improving the respect for intimacy and privacy rights as well as the efficiency and reliability. In order to achieve this, the project first objective is to develop a high-resolution non-intrusive scanner able to automatically detect and identify both internal and external concealed prohibited or restricted commodities sought by customs such as drugs or explosives and to discern them from natural body tissues, food waste or benign materials.
Mesmerise proposes two complementary technologies to fill the current gaps: ultra-low dose Multispectral X-ray transmission and Infrasonic interrogation. Both systems have the goals of improving privacy, convenience, sensitivity, and reliability posing no risk for users, providing automatic identification or classification and assuring that no human operator needs to watch privacy-breaking images. The combination of both systems would represent a significant improvement in security and convenience of the actual airport scanning systems.
The Kick-off meeting took place the 17th of May in Universidad de Alcalá (UAH) facilities. Mesmerise consortium includes an international group of universities, security bodies, research organisms and technological companies from seven European countries.