LineSight | Unisys

01 The Border
Security Crisis

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02 Minds & Machines

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03 The Front Line

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04 On Target

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The Border
Security Crisis

Nearly 2.5 billion people travel worldwide each year. Imagine this number doubling within the next 20 years. Failure to detect and halt threats at international borders can result in unthinkable consequences. As the global population continues to move, travelers and shippers should feel safe and secure along every step of their international journey.

security needs
to change now

Border security
data at a glimpse

Border security needs to change now:

Hidden within the massive international traveling population, an estimated 5.5 million children are enslaved into human traffiking, 27,000 foreign fighters seek re-entry to their home countries and more than 250 million people are entrapped by illicit drugs smuggled into their country.

The requirement for timely clearance of rapidly expanding international cargo and travel is overwhelming existing border security solutions and resources.

And let’s face it, failure is unacceptable. Border agencies must detect and halt the threats in a matter of seconds without causing legitmate international travel and trade to grind to a halt.

Cost of “False Positives”

When identified as a potential risk: Intelligence Analysts are tasked to investigate while Border Officers must inspect, interview, scan or intercept the risk. False alarms waste resources, delay legitimate travellers and shipments, and demoralize border officers.

Danger of "False Negatives"

When identified as a no or low potential risk: The clearance process is expedited with minimal additional checks. If a legitimate risk goes undetected, this preventable oversight threatens citizens and businesses, which could lead to catastrophic circumstances.

Border security data at a glimpse:

The problem isn’t lack of data. Cargo shipments and individual passengers generate an immense amount of data along the journey from Point A to Point B.

Unfortunately, most traveler and cargo data is too complex, incomplete, inconsistent and unstructured for even the top experts to decipher. That's where data analytics step in.

So what exactly is data analytics?

Data Analytics is the process of examining large data sets containing a variety of data types to uncover hidden patterns, unknown correlations and other business information.

How does data analytics work?

Traditional data analytics analyze large amounts of diverse, historic statistics to generate new insights that inform future decisions. But, traditional analytics are not strong enough to make the call on split decisions within seconds.

Targeting analytics continuously analyzes both historical and real-time data to support immediate and critical decisions. But they also present new challenges.

Volume: To deal with the sheer volume of travelers and cargo-generated data requiring evaluation, border agencies are opting to evaluate only a subset of this data to save time. The chance of potentially critical information slipping through the cracks becomes jeopardized.

Complexity: The data and statistical analyses used in targeting analytics are incredibly complex. Border security agencies begin to rely on human-based experience rather than insightful data, yeilding a larger margin of error.

Time: Statistical analysis of large and complex sets of historic and real-time data consumes too much precious time.

Minds & Machines

Those who work on the front-line of border security face a never ending stream of mission-critical decisions. Historical data helps, but cannnot predict emerging threats. And human-based risk assessment is vulnerable to bias. How can agencies make border security more efficient and effective without impeding upon the free flow of travel and commerce?

Unisys Takes
Security Seriously


Who uses
and why?

Unisys Takes Security Seriously:

From biometic border clearances to access control solutions that are activated with fingerprints or facial recognition, Unisys leverages cutting edge technology to secure the most sensitive assets – including national borders. Its vehicular and pedestrian border clearance technologies are already used in over 100 ports of entry on the US-Mexico and US-Canada borders.

Unisys' close eye on border security takes the next step forward with the development of LineSight.

Introducing LineSight:

LineSight is a targeting analytics product that flips the equation by delivering improved accuracy through predictive analytics and machine learning. LineSight helps border agencies spend more time stopping legitimate threats rather than pursuing false leads.

Who uses LineSight and why?

Front line security personnel: LineSight moves beyond historic data by filling in holes with the most current data available.

Intelligence: LineSight helps identify patterns and relationships among real-time data feeds that indicate an emerging risk or situation

Border Control: LineSight conducts real-time risk assessments using continually updated streams of information to identify and target potentially risky travelers or cargo

The Front Line

Meet Bryan, he works as a border control officer where Southwest Texas meets Mexico. This region of the country faces heavy drug trafficking and organized crime threats crossing the border. While the high volume of international travel demands for rapid border clearance, seemingly endless amounts of data has him spending 90% of his time chasing false leads.

Armed with

Armed with efficiency:

Border security agencies need a solution that empowers their teams to do their jobs efficiently, accurately and safely.

Targeting analyticshelps border security agencies combat evolving challenges while boosting confidence in their capabilities.

Breaching Security with Sophistication: High-risk targets have become very sophisticated in slipping under the radar. This includes organized crime and others dealing in drugs, radicalized extremism, people trafficking, smuggling and biosecurity threats.

Breaking International Boundaries: The “border” is no longer a physical boundary but a continuum. Dependency on the digital economy brings higher volumes of real-time transactions and vulnerabilities to cyber threats.

Border Security Resources are Tight: Border agencies are performing beyond their capacity by operating with tight budgets, limited real estate, spiraling operations and expanding personnel costs.

On Target

What if data could alert security to
threats before they happen?
US Customs Border Patrol’s online targeting system uses predictive analytics to detect potential risks hidden within billions of real-time online queries. It’s the next generation of border security that ensures safer international travel and equips officers with more accurate targeting solutions.

How does
LineSight work?

What makes
LineSight unique?

What makes
LineSight dependable?

How does LineSight work?

LineSight takes border security to the next level by leveraging the latest data analytic technologies. Its advanced targeting algorithms enable border security agencies to automatically assess the potential risk of international travelers and cargo shipments traveling by air, land and/or sea within seconds. LineSight has easy agent feedback for continuous improvement using machine learning. It provides near real-time analytics of large, diverse and dynamic data sets to answer immediate and time-sensitive questions.

What makes LineSight unique?

Continuous Risk Assessment: LineSight supports the border continuum concept by providing security for all travelers and cargo from initial intent to travel to International Visa applications to booking travel reservations to purchasing tickets to arrival check-ins through even selecting your seat.

Tackles Data Volume: LineSight's Automated Targeting System is the largest and most advanced system in the world. Processing more than 35 billion queries each day coming from government databases, transportation companies, shippers, carriers, brokers, travel agents and more, it is the third highest online transaction processing system in the world, just behind Google and Facebook.

Eliminates Human Error: LineSight eliminates the bias from human security by determining the risk probability of each traveler and cargo. This reduces falsely flagging a traveler or cargo shipment as risky and expedites the clearance process.

Self-Learning for Greater Accuracy: LineSight uses predictive analytics that allow the system to learn from experience and automatically generate new rules and algorithms.

What makes LineSight dependable?

Experienced Excellence: LineSight is the result of 15+ years of experience building and operating the world’s most advanced targeting system for the US Customs and Border Protection combined with the latest open architecture and data analytics technologies. It offers cost effective early risk interventions.

Near-Real Time Response: LineSight doesn’t sacrifice speed for the sake of analytics. LineSight can ingest multiple high-volume transaction streams while generating risk assessments in less than two seconds thanks to the unique model manager and rules manager in the Risk Assessment Engine. This near real time response is essential for supporting immediate decision making at early points of intervention.

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