AI-Powered Baggage Scanning for Prison Security.

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AI-Powered Baggage Scanning for Prison Security.

Items such as phones, data transmission tech, weapons, grenades, or even e-cigarettes or lighters can be detected with unparalleled swiftness with the use of AI technology.

AI was never intended to be a replacement for humans. Instead, it aims to aid humans in tasks by amplifying their skills manifold.

Prisons are the hub of smuggling and criminal activities and require special attention in terms of prison security. The genius of prisoners and their associates lies in the fact that they can easily disguise prohibited or hazardous items in and out of the cells easily.

For instance, back in 2014, four mobile phones and one SIM card got smuggled in through the high-security cell of Arthur Road Jail.

Also, during visiting hours and activity periods in the field, gym, or working units, the visitors also need to be thoroughly assessed before they can interact with the inmates. Instances of smuggled money, walkie talkies, and information help in connecting the inmates with their external organizations.

The Challenge

As opposed to most public places, a crowd is definitely not a problem with prisons. However, in this case, one item underscan is often more dangerous compared to several items coming from the general public in crowded areas.

Manual screening along with some conventional baggage scanner for prison is used to detect the threats. Even though very thorough in nature, where the screeners check every nook and cranny of the items to flag any prohibited object, still these very fluently disguised items pass the human eye.

Moreover, manual exhaustion is also a contributing factor that results in misclassifications.

How can AI Help?

To be clear, AI was never intended to be a replacement for humans. Instead, it aims to aid humans in tasks by amplifying their skills manifold.

Similarly, in this case, a critical matter such as prison security cannot be delegated to machines alone. However, AI will effectively cover up the holes of the current scanning technology in prisons.

For instance, even if a human screener fails to detect a contraband item, either due to fatigue or because of active involvement in the smuggling, the AI tech will not let the item pass with ease.

Items such as phones, data transmission tech, weapons, grenades, or even e-cigarettes or lighters can be detected with unparalleled swiftness with the use of AI technology.

BaggageAI has come up with one such solution to make baggage scanning for prison security more effective. With a precision of 94% and an accuracy of 98% in threat detection, the odds of missing potential havoc in the prison cells goes down significantly. Moreover, the ability of the BaggageAI add-ons to scan an image in just 0.3 seconds further adds to the agility of the solution.

Prisons are places where our fellow people end up for rehabilitation. By cutting off the contraband, we will not just be protecting our society, but will also allow them a space to experience something beyond their initial purpose.

Statistics of 4 years of Prison Seizures: Corrections Canada