DHS invests in AI passenger flow platform

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The USA’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has awarded US$147,413 to KickView Corporation for a software platform that provides real-time data analysis of passenger flow.

Colorado-based KickView will adapt its existing software platform, kvSonata, to perform real-time analysis of queue lengths and wait times in the international customs processing areas of airports. KickView’s product aims to collect, process and learn from sensor data in real time, providing US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with a granular view of passenger flow.

kvSonata is a scalable, real-time AI processing framework that leverages multiple sensors to provide detailed event and threat alerts. It also offers a dashboard with simple access to both real-time and historical analysis and alerts.

“KickView’s proposal is to leverage video feeds to perform object detection, tracking, fusion and analytics customized to customer need,” said Melissa Oh, managing director of the S&T’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP). “Preventing bottlenecks in queues would enhance the speed and efficacy of customs processing in airports.”

KickView received its award through the SVIP High Fidelity Counting and Measuring of CBP Queues and Service Times at Ports of Entry solicitation.

The SVIP is one of the programs and tools available for S&T to fund innovation and engage with private-sector partners to advance homeland security solutions in the USA. Companies participating in the SVIP are eligible for up to US$800,000 of funding over four phases, to develop and adapt commercial technologies for homeland security use cases.

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