Narcotics detection algorithm to be developed

Narcotics detection

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Smiths Detection has been selected for EU funding as part of a consortium to develop an intelligent border control screening algorithm.

The company has confirmed that the algorithm will automatically detect narcotics in passenger baggage.

Narcotics detection algorithm

The consortium, BAG-INTEL, is coordinated by Legind Technologies and funded by Horizon Europe – the primary funding program for research and innovation of the EU.

This consortium combines technology providers and customs agencies to solve customs and border control challenges by targeting specific bags ‘needing manual inspection’.

According to Smiths Detection, its role will be to create an effective narcotics detection algorithm.

The company’s algorithm will be developed by leveraging material discrimination.

In addition, shape-based deep learning will play a pivotal role.

“Making the world a safer place”

“Smiths Detection is committed to advancing the uptake of digital solutions for everyday detection needs and being part of this consortium is another example of this,” said Glenn Tracey, Science and Technology Director, Smiths Detection.

“The development of the narcotics detection algorithm aligns perfectly with work that we are already doing in this area and will be an excellent addition to the iCMORE family.

“Most importantly, working closely with our partners is a positive step in supporting the ongoing fight against narcotics and making the world a safer place.”

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