EU To Test AI Lie Detectors At Border Points


Lie detectors that are equipped with artificial intelligence are set to be tested at border points across Europe as part of a project that was funded by the European Union. It aims to combat terrorism and crime.

The travellers will be requested to upload pictures of their visa, passport, and proof of funds. It will then use a webcam to answer some questions such as “what is in your suitcase” from a border guard that will be computer-animated computer-animated.

The project is worth €4.5 million. It will be called iBorderCtrl and will be tested at the borders of Latvia, Greece, and Hungary for a period of six months. The aim of the project is to speed up the traffic at the external borders of the European Union.

Spain, Germany, Cyprus, Poland, and the United Kingdom are also planning to participate in the said project after the initial trials.

The technology is marketed as having a “unique approach to deception detection, analysing the micro-expressions of travellers to figure out if the interviewee is lying.”

The travellers who are considered to be of low risk during the pre-screening stage will go through a short re-evaluation of their details for entry, while higher-risk passengers will be undergoing a more detailed check.

According to an early testing, the system is approximately 76 percent accurate, however, the iBorderCtrl team say that they are confident they can improve this to 85 percent.

The AI technology will still be supported by human border officials, who will be using hand-held devices in order to automatically cross-check the information. The will also be comparing the facial images that were captured during the pre-screening stage to photos and passports that were taken on previous border crossings.

The project coordinator of European Dynamics in Luxembourg, George Boultadakis, informed the European Commission: “We’re employing existing and proven technologies – as well as novel ones – to empower border agents to increase the accuracy and efficiency of border checks.”

Earlier in 2018, the Government announced its plans to step up the facial recognition technology at British borders. Police, immigration and passport control departments presented a proposal of creating a central system to upload and share fingerprint, DNA, photograph and even potentially voice information in order to cross-check for visa applications or while solving crimes.