The robots taking over the world's airports


A survey carried out by Air Transport IT Insights recently found that almost half of global airlines and 32% of airports are currently looking for partners to further develop their robotic involvement in the next three years. The latest developments see robots staffing airport check-in desks, carrying out security protocols, cleaning and even delivering food to passengers. The airport security segment currently has the highest number of robots according to the Airport robots market – growth, trends, Covid-19 impact, and forecasts 2021-2026 report by Mordor Intelligence. The next most common use of airport robotics is for cleaning, which has seen a rise in demand due to the Covid-19 pandemic. PHL Food and Shops have introduced a new member to their team Philadelphia International Airport, Gita.

Sharjah launches new smart taxis equipped with artificial intelligence


Sharjah Taxi, a subsidiary of Sharjah Asset Management Company, investment arm of the government of Sharjah, has launched the first-of-its-kind smart taxi in the Middle East, with the chief goal being to employ artificial intelligence services to be utilised in vehicle operations and safety. The smart vehicles have been fitted with sensors, cameras, a mobile data unit and other devices connected to an'integrated system for control mechanisms'. Intelligent transport systems use contemporary technology in the areas of surveillance, data collection, control and means of communication. The arrangement helps regulate the flow of traffic, simplify access to key places, oversee driver behaviour, lessen wrong practices, and reduce metre manipulations. As a result, the number of trips and total squandered kilometres are reduced, ultimately decreasing the rate of road accidents and pollution, whilst raising operational competence.

Building The Ultimate AI Mind


I interviewed nine of the most brilliant minds in the AI space. Each of them possesses a unique perspective, vastly different paths to the world of AI, and one-of-a-kind approaches and principles on how AI can be used ethically to bring about positive change. What if we were able to take beliefs, values, best processes, and experiences from each of them to create one singular AI mind? Would that mind create a roadmap leading us to the light we all seek? INCHEON AIRPORT, SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - 2018/06/12: Airport visitors are communicating with a robot ... [ ] that is on display at Incheon International Airport in Seoul / South Korea.

Secunet deploys biometrics for EES border control at Zurich Airport, NEC supplies Hong Kong


German security and biometrics firm Secunet will equip Zurich Airport in Switzerland with its technologies to make the facility compliant with the European Entry/Exit System (EES). The company made the announcement in a blog post, saying the project is based on a 2021 framework agreement between Secunet and the Zurich Cantonal Police. According to Georg Hasse, head of International Sales within the Homeland Security Division at Secunet, the contract is worth over CHF43 million (roughly US$44.75 million) and will run for more than 12 years. The EES scheme will require third-country nationals to register with a facial image and four fingerprints to cross land, sea, and air borders in the Schengen area. The system is designed to increase security and help coordinate international efforts in verifying individuals' identities when traveling.

Artificial intelligence technology can secure sites by scanning major venues for weapons

FOX News

Experts discuss how artificial intelligence is being used to protect venues by screening for items such as bombs, guns, and knives. Artificial intelligence, or AI, is being used to help secure sites from sports arenas to churches and schools. The technology is being used to scan for weapons, including guns, knives and explosives as people walk between standing panels. If a weapon is spotted, security standing by is alerted. Massachusetts based Evolv has used the technology to scan roughly 300 million people across the country since the system went live in 2019, second only to the TSA.

East Midlands Airport closes runway in new drone alert

BBC News

The public are reminded that flying a drone in proximity to an operational airport is an offence under the Civil Aviation Act 1982 and is a huge risk to public safety. The police will take appropriate action if necessary.

Interactive maps reveal the worst areas for noise pollution in London, New York, and Paris

Daily Mail - Science & tech

As three of the busiest modern cities around the world, it should come as no surprise that London, New York, and Paris are buzzing with traffic noise. Now, interactive maps have been developed by climate charity Possible as part of its Car Free Cities campaign, revealing just how intense this noise can be in parts of the three cities. Unsurprisingly, areas with busy roads and those near airports tend to have the highest levels of noise pollution, while areas with large parks tend to have the lowest levels. For example, in New York, noise pollution levels are highest around John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia airport, and lowest around Central Park. Speaking to MailOnline, Hirra Khan Adeogun, Head of the Car Free Cities campaign, said: 'It's well known how mass private car ownership damages the climate and contributes to toxic air.

SVPIA first in India to assist flyers through video analytics system - ADU


Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (SVPIA) has introduced an indigenously developed artificial intelligence (AI) based surveillance service, Desk of Goodness, to help flyers through smart detection techniques. Desk of Goodness aims to serve passengers like senior citizens, women with infants, and passengers in need of a wheelchair. This desk is manned by goodness champions equipped with smart tabs, which keep them updated on possible sites where passengers need support. "Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport continues to improve infrastructure and services to enhance the passenger experience," said Jeet Adani, Director, Adani Airport Holdings. "AI-based video content analytics plays a crucial role in reaching out to flyers in emergencies. Analytics-based learnings will allow us to set new benchmarks in operational intelligence and increasing situational awareness, thereby improving safety, security and efficiency."

On the Mark with Project Dartmouth - Smart Cities Tech


Pangiam, in collaboration with Google Cloud, has announced details of Project DARTMOUTH, an initiative to transform airport security operations by looking for threats concealed within baggage and other shipments at the airport. This technology will be tested within the security facilities of AGS Airport Ltd, owners and operators of Aberdeen, Glasgow, and Southampton Airports in the UK. Project DARTMOUTH is intended to make air travel safer by integrating AI into airport baggage security and screening operations. The technology will in the first instance be focused on rapidly identifying potential threats in baggage, providing increased throughput at security checkpoints, addressing critical friction points in air travel as well as supporting security teams. In later phases the technology will scale to help tackle other pressure points in security and wider airport operations.

Biometric surveillance: Face-first plunge into dystopia

Al Jazeera

Flying into Dallas Fort Worth International Airport from Mexico in December, I queued in the immigration line for US citizens and was taken aback when – rather than request my passport – the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent simply instructed me to look at the camera and then pronounced my first name: "Maria?" Feeling an abrupt violation of my entire bodily autonomy, I nodded – and reckoned that it was perhaps easy to lose track of the rapid dystopian devolution of the world when one had spent the past two years hanging out on a beach in Oaxaca. A CBP poster promoting the transparent infringement on privacy was affixed to the airport wall, and featured a grey-haired man smiling suavely into the camera along with the text: "Our policies on privacy couldn't be more transparent. In my case, the process was not so fast, as I had to hand over my passport for physical scrutiny after I raised the agent's suspicions by being unable to answer in any remotely coherent fashion the ...