Thales has unveiled the Smart Corridor, a prototype screening system designed to increase throughput of people in sensitive sites, events or access control of critical infrastructures.
Based on a mix of identification, detection and inspection technologies, the Smart Corridor is designed for security screening procedures in sensitive areas such as airports, railway stations and other transportation hubs, critical infrastructures and government buildings.
Currently in the prototype stage, it can be seen at Thales’s European Security Solutions Centre near Paris. Thales says laboratory simulations and operational tests have already demonstrated the advantage of such a screening solution over traditional security checkpoints .
“Taking a holistic approach to the issue of security in critical infrastructures, the Smart Corridor integrates intelligent video surveillance, biometrics and sensor technology into an automated screening system that achieves security objectives without requiring people to stop at checkpoints,” says Kamel Boussadia, iAirport Solution manager, Thales. “In fact, the Smart Corridor is completely transparent to the passenger, who feels only a slight breeze when the system analyses the air for molecules of potentially explosive materials. The system is compatible with security laws and international regulations and is based on multiple passive, non-intrusive sensor technologies which respect passengers’ privacy, health and safety.”
Thales says the Smart Corridor functions are non-intrusive and don’t reflect any detailed silhouette by images. The intelligent video surveillance system performs functions such as counting people, detecting abandoned objects and suspicious behaviours (such as individuals making a U-turn). A biometric control system identifies individuals with face and iris recognition technology. A number of sophisticated sensors detect both traces of explosives as well as metallic and dielectric objects hidden underneath clothing.