TSA to test Pangiam’s threat detection tech for airports

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will trial Pangiam’s artificial intelligence (AI)-powered accessible screening solution for secure airport operations. This builds on Project DARTMOUTH, which is a partnership between Pangiam and Google Cloud.

Project DARTMOUTH will use AI and pattern analysis technologies to evaluate data and identify potential banned items in baggage. Built according to Open Architecture standards, Pangiam’s technology is interoperable with hardware and equipment in a ‘plug and play’ manner. The first set of Project DARTMOUTH trials will be conducted at the TSA’s System Integration Facility (TSIF) lab. TSIF helps trial solutions that have the potential to be deployed at airport security checkpoints.

Pangiam product director Alexis Long said: “As TSA and other security agencies adopt 3D Computed Tomography (CT), this application of AI represents a potentially transformative leap in aviation security, making air travel safer and more consistent, while allowing TSA’s highly trained officers to focus on bags that pose the greatest risk.

“Our aim is to utilise AI and computer vision technologies to enhance security by providing TSA and security officers with powerful tools to detect prohibitive items that may pose a threat to aviation security is a significant step toward setting a new security standard with worldwide implications.”

Apart from TSA, Pangiam is working with AGS Airports Group to trial the technology at Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports in the UK. In March, Smiths Detection secured a contract to supply 47 CTX 9800 DSi explosive detection systems to the TSA.