Electromagnetic border tech disrupts human trafficking


The Engineer, 16 March 2021.

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"Developed by the Cyber Division of aerospace company Leonardo, the non-attached sensor creates an electromagnetic field (EMF) that vehicles are able to freely pass through. The sensor’s algorithm then searches for the particular EMF signature associated with humans.

According to Nigel Lidster from Leonardo UK’s Bristol-based Cyber Business, the technology sets a new standard for border detection and has the potential to prevent a repeat of some of the recent mass tragedies that have occurred in Europe due to the trafficking of people.

“We think this technology could help save more lives, as vulnerable people looking for a better life are being led into very dangerous conditions,” said Lidster. “We want to offer non-invasive technology that can prevent future tragedies from unfolding.

“We discovered a technology that creates an electromagnetic field. Humans naturally have an electromagnetic signature. The algorithm just looks for a range of EMF associated with humans.”

While developing the solution, Leonardo explored various methods of detection, including technologies that are X-ray based, CO2-based, heartbeat-based, and movement/tremor-based. Groups of migrants that are trafficked may include pregnant women, children and people with health conditions, so the technology used for detection had to be non-invasive and not pose any risk to those being concealed."

Source: The Engineer, 16 March 2021

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