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Computer Code May Help Speed Up Airport Security

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The OTAP project aims to enable automated threat recognition development.

Credit: PNNL

The challenge of moving passengers and flight crews through airport security quickly while keeping all precautions in place to ensure safety led to development of the Open Threat Assessment Platform (OTAP), an integrated and open countermeasures architecture.

The platform, designed for the Transportation Security Administration and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate, provides a common set of interfaces and data standards, which allow a variety of vendors to provide security upgrades and programs that will integrate seamlessly into the OTAP — like building blocks.  The intent is to promote innovation, evolve towards a non-proprietary approach to technology, and expand the number of vendors participating in aviation security.

The OTAP project, led by Sandia National Laboratories, gathered together a dozen aviation security industry partners and software specialists to create Open Platform Software Library, which standardizes data exchanges within systems to allow for integration of new equipment.

Sandia optical engineer Ed Jimenez said that TSA will be able to work through OTAP to collect data continuously and improve algorithms every few months.

From Sandia National Laboratories
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