Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Robotic canines may replace CISF dogs at airports

New Delhi: The German shepherds, Labradors or Belgian Malinois’ used by Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) in airport security could soon be a thing of past as they now have competition from a factory-built dog.
These industrial canines can sniff explosives at the airports as well as X-ray scan the luggage of passengers with their eyes, according to officials familiar with technology programs of CISF.

The use of “robotic canines” came up in discussions at the Global Aviation Security Symposium 2018 held at Montreal, Canada this week attended by CISF DG Rajesh Ranjan and additional DG M A Ganapathy, also in-charge of aviation security at airports across India.

Currently, robots can be found at the airports of several developed countries like the UK, the US, Canada, Japan, Korea etc for various purposes including passenger information and security checks.

Officials said CISF attended the global aviation symposium organised by International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) for the first time last week and had fruitful bilateral discussions with European Union nations and other ICAO members. “We already have a tie-up with Transport Security Administration (TSA) of the United States but now we have a capacity building pact with the EU as well, which will help us explore a lot about new technologies and methods of securing our airports,” said an officer.
Apart from robot canines, use of CT scan based screening of hand-luggage, cabin baggage, artificial intelligence, state-of-the-art explosive detectors and biometric control access were also discussed at the meetings.
04/12/18 Neeraj Chauhan/Times of India
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