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CBP Uses Eye-Tracking Tech for Impostor Detection. ID Validation Training

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New U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers use an eye-tracking technology jointly developed by CBP, the Department of Homeland Security's science and technology directorate and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center to increase their ability to validate the identities of people entering the country.

The Eye-dentify platform works to help newly-hired CBP personnel learn about impostor detection, ID validation and X-ray screening approaches, DHS said Tuesday.

Florida-based technology firm Design Interactive helped build the device through an S&T-backed project.

CBP’s Office of Field Operations Academy has implemented 24 Eye-dentity systems since 2016. The agency found that the performance of officers in detecting impostors improved by 9 percent when they used the platform in three training sessions that each lasted for three minutes.

The average amount of time trainees spent to recognize impostors improved by 10 percent, DHS noted.

According to the department, CBP fielded 12 updated systems last year to conduct simultaneous training of entire classes and increase the amount of time students spend using the technology.