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With the overwhelming amount of data that has to be reviewed during border security checks, as well as limited budgets and resources in governments, the current solutions can’t keep up. A new security software will allow border agents around the world to more effectively accelerate the movement of passengers and cargo without compromising safety.

The technology will make borders more secure and equip the staff guarding them to make “critical, on-the-spot decisions” about whether to further investigate travelers and cargo.

Called LineSight, the software developed by the information technology company, Unisys, harnesses data analytics and machine learning that effectively enables it to improve its ability to detect the more it’s used, reducing the number of incorrect alerts in security checks.

According to, the software uses targeting algorithms to continuously take in and examine large quantities of data from a range of different sources, giving operators using the equipment clear signals of possible threats close to real time. In the case of travelers, the process of assessing risk can start as early as the visa application, giving sufficient warning to those policing borders to intervene early if necessary.

The recent figures published by the World Tourism Organization showed an increased strain on international borders, with a 7% spike in international tourist numbers last year to more than 1.3bn people – a number that is expected to rise by a further 5% in 2018. Air freight meanwhile has experienced double-digit growth. Despite these rises and the huge numbers of passengers and cargo transported on a daily basis, fewer than one in 1,000 of them pose threats or contain illicit items such as drugs, counterfeit goods or weapons.