Can Technology Build Stronger Homeland Security?

Can Technology Build Stronger Homeland Security?

By Gov CIO Outlook | Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Technologies undoubtedly stand in a better position, when it comes to matching an image with a person, as it becomes difficult and time-consuming for human employees.

FREMONT, CA: The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) insiders are having a tough time accepting the developments of facial recognition technology, which identifies much better than a human eye. The debate has been going on for a long time now about the efficiencies of technology and humans. But by beating every reason, facial recognition technology is gradually being utilized by different agencies to perform better and bring robust security.

It has been difficult to agree on the fact that technology can perform in a much effective way than humans. Machines are just better at a few things that can be comprised in case of any human involvement when it comes to security.

CBP and the Homeland Security Department have extensively started using biometrics and facial recognition after the annihilation of 9/11. It was revealed then that most of the documents carried and presented by the hijackers to enter the country were done using different identities. Therefore, to avoid such incidents in the future, technology was brought into the realm of border-crossing and immigration processes. The ultimate use of facial recognition by the agencies is mainly to recognize and confirm that people or immigrants are the ones they claim in their identity proofs to get in and out of the country.

The introduction of facial recognition technology helps in performing better than humans by precisely matching people with their records better than humans. Nonetheless, it also helps in freeing up the employees who initially worked for the same purposes as well as letting them perform other law enforcement activities in a short time.

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The technology is being increasingly used in family reunification by identifying the matches of children who have been kidnapped. It additionally helps disperse the wrongly convicted people and provides support to the officials to come up with potential leads for the investigation. The utilization of technology has dramatically increased due to its accuracy and high-performing algorithms. CBP ensures that the technology helps in understanding the algorithms better and more efficiently, without any external or internal bias. 

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