By Dan Symonds
Security screening technology manufacturer Smiths Detection has collaborated with IT giant Microsoft and London Heathrow Airport to develop a first of its kind multispecies AI model designed to uncover illegally trafficked wildlife concealed in baggage and air cargo.
Initial testing of the algorithm which took place at Heathrow has shown a success rate of over 70% in identifying trafficked animals, including ivory. As part of Project SEEKER, an extensive library of x-ray images taken from Smiths Detection’s CTX 9800 baggage scanners at Heathrow were used to train the Microsoft AI for Good model. The machines can screen up to 250,000 bags a day, generating a multitude of data for inspection.