Use of an automatic under-vehicle inspection system as a tool to streamline vehicle screening at ports of entry and security checkpoints

Erick E. Ruiz, K. Larry Head

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Abstract

Vehicle inspection at ports of entry is a critical component of border security. One part of the vehicle screening process involves customs and border protection (CBP) personnel performing a preliminary inspection of the underside of random vehicles by looking under the vehicle through a mirror mounted on a stick, searching for anomalies or foreign objects present on the undercarriage structure and components of a vehicle. If any deviances are detected, the vehicle is directed to a secondary and more thorough inspection. This paper presents a project that aims at automating this preliminary undercarriage inspection by using an automatic under-vehicle inspection system (AUVIS) and image processing algorithms to assist personnel in identifying vehicles for secondary inspection. The inspection system will image the undercarriage of every car in a lane as they approach the CBP agent and use a novel change detection algorithm to compare the captured image to a corresponding reference image of the vehicle's make and model. The software will detect and highlight any differences between the two images to provide a rapid and objective recommendation for secondary inspection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages329-333
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 12 2012
Event2012 European Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference, EISIC 2012 - Odense, Denmark
Duration: Aug 22 2012Aug 24 2012

Other

Other2012 European Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference, EISIC 2012
CountryDenmark
CityOdense
Period8/22/128/24/12

Keywords

  • change detection
  • image blending
  • pixel cross elimination
  • under-vehicle inspection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems

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    Ruiz, E. E., & Head, K. L. (2012). Use of an automatic under-vehicle inspection system as a tool to streamline vehicle screening at ports of entry and security checkpoints. 329-333. Paper presented at 2012 European Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference, EISIC 2012, Odense, Denmark. https://doi.org/10.1109/EISIC.2012.64