Traditional Approaches Are Insufficient to Deal with a New Generation of Border Security Challenges
International Traveler and Cargo Volumes Are Expanding
As a result of our increasingly interconnected global economy, international travel and cargo volumes are forecast to more than double over the next 20 years with time critical air cargo and air travel leading that growth. The demand for rapid border clearance will overwhelm existing solutions and resources.
Sophisticated Security Threats Exploit Border Vulnerabilities
Organized crime and others dealing in drugs, radicalized extremism, people trafficking, smuggling and biosecurity threats employ and share an expanding range of sophisticated techniques and technologies to subvert and circumvent traditional border security countermeasures.
Borders Are Far More Complex Than They Used to Be
The “border” is no longer a physical boundary but a continuum that must be protected at, before and after the physical border. Supply chains are more complex and the growing dependence on the digital economy brings higher volumes of real-time transactions and vulnerabilities to cyber threats. In short, border security faces a more complex environment than ever before.
Border Security Resources Are Tight
Despite the growing volumes, increased threats and greater complexities, border agencies are expected to perform at 110% while constrained by flat budgets, limited real estate and spiralling operations and personnel costs. Continuing the status quo is a sure-fire recipe for disaster.
Border Agencies Require a Three-Pronged Technology Response
Clearance: Automated and auto-assist border clearance solutions for travelers, cargo, parcels and conveyances at air, land and sea borders. Tools for identifying, facilitating, resourcing and recording appropriate clearance treatments.
Identification: Multimodal biometric solutions to verify travelers against travel documents, identify persons of interest from watch lists, enable trusted traveler programs and identify individuals traveling under different names or travel documents.
Intention: Advanced analytics to examine all available information and deduce the actual (versus stated) intent of a traveler, parcel or shipment prior to issuing a visa, importation permit, or granting entry. Tools to support investigators and decision makers.
Advanced Targeting Analytics for Intent Analysis
Treating all travelers and shipments as equally risky creates clearance delays for all and consumes scarce resources on low value/high volume clearance processing when they could be put to better use of inspecting and analyzing high risk travelers and cargo. Targeting analytics can automatically identify and target shipments or travelers that present a low risk appropriate for “low touch” automated clearance and those that present a higher risk and which require additional investigation or inspection.
What is LineSight?
LineSightTM is a near-real time, all-source intelligence analysis targeting solution for automatically assessing the potential risk that a traveler, vessel, parcel or cargo shipment represents. LineSight enables automated clearance of no/low risk entities and tailored treatment plans for higher risk entities. LineSight is comprised of advanced targeting algorithms with a special purpose risk assessment platform capable of ingesting and analyzing high volumes of transactional data from multiple sources.
Continuous Risk Assessment
LineSight supports the border continuum concept by assessing risk from the initial intent to travel and refines that risk assessment as more information becomes available. For travelers that means from visa application to travel reservation to ticket purchase to seat selection to check-in to arrival. Similarly for cargo, LineSight provides the most current risk assessment to enable cost effective early intervention.
Border Protection Against all Threats
LineSight assesses the risk of incoming and departing people, cargo, conveyances and parcels – via air, land and sea borders. Other risk tools only process air travelers, but LineSight protects all of borders against threats from individuals and organizations.
Advanced Analytics of Expansive Data
Unisys partnered with renowned IT R&D organization Data61 and leveraged years of real-world automated targeting experience to develop the most advanced risk assessment algorithms in the world. These algorithms look deeper (by analyzing secondary and tertiary relationships among entities) and broader (by ingesting data from a more expansive set of data sources). The result is unprecedented accuracy with fewer false hits and few misses.
Self-Learning for Greater Accuracy
LineSight doesn’t depend solely on pre-defined algorithms. It also includes predictive analytics that allows the system to learn from experience and automatically generate new rules and algorithms to continuously improve assessment accuracy.
Near-Real Time Response
LineSight doesn’t compromise speed for 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.
LineSight is ground breaking technology that enables border agencies to handle growing volumes of travelers and goods more efficiently, more conveniently and more securely than ever before.
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