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New Bag Tracking and/or Tagging Concepts for Risk Based Security of Checked Baggage Screening

TAGS:Computer Science/Information Technology Business/Entrepreneurship Engineering/Design
STATUS: Awarded
ACTIVE SOLVERS: 361
POSTED: 8/08/14

Risk Based Security (RBS) includes multiple security layers, and one such area is the screening of checked baggage.  TSA currently can designate a passenger as low risk which can be encoded in that passenger’s boarding pass and used to determine which type of checkpoint screening that passenger will receive (standard, TSA Pre√™, etc.).  TSA is looking for new and innovative means to associate an individual’s screening designation with their checked baggage within a Checked Baggage Inspection System (CBIS) environment.  This may include securely encoding some form of media, bag tag or other data exchange method. The passenger’s screening designation has to be reliably interpreted by automated means as the bag travels through the baggage handling and security process.  This will allow bags to be routed for varying and appropriate levels of screening in accordance with their associated screening designation and would result in a more efficient and effective use of TSA resources.

The results of this challenge will hopefully provide TSA with new ideas on how to accomplish the above-mentioned passenger screening designation transfer and RBS implementation within a CBIS environment.  TSA is open to ideas focusing on improving the entire process, or individual elements within the process.

This is an Ideation Challenge and only requires a written solution.

Source: InnoCentive
Challenge ID: 9933342
 
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Challenge Overview

Risk Based Security (RBS) includes multiple security layers and one such area is the screening of checked baggage.  TSA currently devotes extensive resources towards screening over 1.1 million bags daily within the United States and is always exploring opportunities to introduce efficiencies.  TSA currently can designate a passenger as low risk which can be encoded in that passenger’s boarding pass and used to determine which type of checkpoint screening that passenger will receive (standard, TSA Pre√™, etc.).  In a similar manner, TSA is looking for new and innovative ways to associate an individual’s screening designation with their checked baggage within a Checked Baggage Inspection System (CBIS) environment.  This may include securely encoding some form of media, bag tag or other data exchange method. The passenger’s screening designation has to be reliably interpreted by automated means as the bag travels through the baggage handling and security process.  This will allow bags to be routed for varying and appropriate levels of screening in accordance with the passenger’s screening designation and would result in a more efficient and effective use of TSA resources.

The results of this challenge will hopefully provide TSA with new ideas on how to accomplish the above-mentioned passenger risk score transfer and RBS implementation within a CBIS environment.  TSA is open to ideas focusing on improving the entire process, or individual elements within the process.

There are currently available data exchange capabilities within airport and airline infrastructures as well as within TSA that can facilitate this concept; however, TSA would like to have new RBS concepts developed which may be an expansion of such existing capabilities or a complete departure from them.  TSA would encourage ideas from other industries with similar tracking and information exchange challenges.

This is an Ideation Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted.  The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker.

What is InnoCentive?
InnoCentive is the global innovation marketplace where creative minds solve some of the world's most important problems for cash awards up to $1 million. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with InnoCentive to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements. What is an InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge?

An InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.

In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:

  • Submit ideas of their own
  • Submit third party information that they have the right to use and further the authority to convey that right and the right to use and develop derivative works to Seekers
  • Submit information considered in the public domain without any limitations on use

Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.

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