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TSA greenlights trials for Pangiam’s AI-based baggage screening solution in Arlington

The solution is intended to make air travel safer by discerning forbidden items in carry-on baggage in real time

Transportation Security Administration (TSA), an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has announced its collaboration with Pangiam to improve threat detection‌ ‌at‌ ‌airports.

TSA’s Innovation Task Force (ITF) had previously issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) in December 2021 to identify innovative transport security solutions that are rigorously vetted and demonstrated in a live operational setting.

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Per the new deal, TSA will trial Pangiam’s artificial intelligence (AI)-powered accessible screening solution, built on open architecture standards.  

The move furthers Project DARTMOUTH, a concord between Pangiam and Google Cloud, that couples artificial intelligence (AI) and pattern analysis technologies ‌to‌ ‌identify possible prohibited items within carry-on luggage in real-time.

According to reports, ‌the‌ ‌first‌ ‌phase of Project Dartmouth‌ ‌trials is set to commence at TSA’s 128,000-square-foot System Integration Facility in Arlington.

“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,” said Alexis Long, product director at Pangiam. 

“Our aim is to utilize 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,” added Long.

Pangiam is also partnering with AGS Airports Group to carry out trials at Aberdeen, Glasgow, and Southampton airports in the UK in addition to TSA debuting Project Dartmouth in North America.

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