Technology Breakthrough for Weapons Detection

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Artificial Intelligence is now available for X-ray machines. X-ray machines with fully integrated Artificial Intelligence have been field tested and proven to be more accurate and much faster than the human eye when evaluating items being screened. The precision and speed with which Artificial Intelligence performs increases the throughput at entrances or exits while increasing overall safety and security for the facility.

Working in partnership with Syntech Solutions, Astrophysics has fully integrated AI into their XIS 6040 X-ray machine. When it comes to weapons search, Artificial Intelligence integrated into weapons detection platforms will most certainly become a force multiplier.

According to a 2018 study by Microsoft, the average human being now has an attention span of eight seconds. No matter how well trained or diligent, even the best operator’s capabilities degrade with respect to focus and staying alert while trying to identify threats. This is exactly what most assailants count on to perpetrate violent acts.

Stress, eye strain, and mental fatigue resulting in identification failures by personnel monitoring x-ray screens. Lapses in security due to inattention or loss of focus are well documented. These cumulative factors and other environmental variables degrade security personnel’s attention span while staring at a screen for even limited amounts of time. What’s more, researchers have evidence that light from computer screens is harmful to your eye’s retina.

Computer screens and monitors emit what is known as “blue light”. Researchers suggest that the progressive destruction of light-detecting cells in the eyes  due to prolonged exposure to blue light could, therefore, contribute to age-related macular degeneration, which is a leading cause of blindness. … “It’s no secret blue light harms our vision by damaging the eye’s retina.” Source cited: Forbes Magazine

Astrophysics’ XIS-6040 X-ray machine with AI will limit the amount of time a screen has to be viewed. The technology identifies and alarms security personnel and outlines/highlights threats for easy recognition. This force multiplier technology tips the odds of detection in favor of security personnel, without the incessant need of keeping eyes glued to a screen.

Syntech SOLUTION’s® is the first fully-integrated artificial intelligence (AI) x-ray system for gun and knife detection. In partnership with Synapse Technology, Astrophysics now offers the integrated AI on the XIS-6040 product line for checkpoint deployment at schools, concerts, sporting events, government facilities, and other high-security sites.

Syntech SOLUTION’s® deep-learning algorithms effectively model the synapses of the human brain. The algorithms analyze visual images and extract an object’s characteristics to create a model that identifies an entire class of objects. The AI’s ability to identify objects, and alert security personnel, continuously improves as it is exposed to more examples; increasing accuracy and threat detection over time.

The use of Artificial Intelligence for weapons detection could not have come at a better time. The scrutiny required at entrances is more demanding than years past; with the cost of lapses being ever more harmful. X-ray machines with fully integrated Artificial Intelligence are a game changer whose time has come.

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