A few checkpoints in the European Union are about to take a step into Sci-Fi territory quite soon.
The Hungarian National Police will be setting up a system, called iBorderCtrl, at four different border crossing points.
The travelers will be given an automated lie-detection test by a virtual border control agent who will ask various questions such as inquiring about luggage contents. The AI is capable of analyzing 38 micro-gestures and will score each response accordingly.
The passengers who pass the test will be given an QR code which will allow them to pass the border. If they don’t, the traveler will be handed over to a human agent who will review the information.
‘We’re employing existing and proven technologies – as well as novel ones – to empower border agents to increase the accuracy and efficiency of border checks. ‘IBORDERCTRL’s system will collect data that will move beyond biometrics and on to biomarkers of deceit.’
– George Boultadakis, project coordinator of European Dynamics in Luxembourg
Early tests have had a 76% success rate but even so, the program is still considered highly experimental. It’s worth mentioning that this type of systems have reported bias and mismatches before, issues which have and still raise numerous ethical and privacy concerns.
Even so, if the program does prove to be successful, queuing up at the border might soon become a thing of the past.