EU tests smart lie detectors at the Hungarian border
A newly developed EU-funded technology would require people crossing the borders to identify themselves, and they would have to pass a special lie detector test as well, reports HVG.
Among others, the new system called IBORDERCTRL will be tested at the Hungarian border. It involves using smart lie detectors equipped with artificial intelligence, according to the announcement of the European Commission, which was published on its website at the end of October.
The main role of the IBORDERCTRL system, which costs almost EUR 4.5 million fully financed by the EU, is to create a new intelligent control system at the Schengen Borders making easier to identify those who intend to enter the EU.
According to the description, it is far more than biometric data, namely the travellers would have to upload the documents which are necessary to enter the European Union and their picture from their passport through an online application, then they would have to answer personal questions through a webcam asked by an animated border guard. The artificial intelligence could tell if one has lied or not, through analysing the facial expressions and the records of the webcam.
As the second step of border control, guards would get hand implements to identify people again, and after taking fingerprints and vein scanning, IBORDECTRL would recalculate the risk the traveller would mean and the guards would only take over the control process from the system from here.
The system is soon to be tested in Hungary, Greece and Latvia. As a part of this, border guards are first getting to know the system which will be tested in under real-life conditions then. What is more, New Scientist claims that the 6-month test phase starts this month at four borders in 3 states and will be coordinated by the Hungarian Police. The Police first mentioned IBORDERCTRL in May in connection with the international border control training:
“this is an internationally developed multi-level border control system, which biometrically analyses the identity of passengers. The vain scanner data of the frequently travelling citizens will be added to the database, thus accelerating their entrance and exit with the intelligent control system and, at the same time, making easier to filter those who are not in it. The system is in the test phase; we are investigating its suitability for use as well as its data coverage.”
HVG simultaneously asked the Hungarian Police and the Ministry of Interior.
“The Hungarian Police is not coordinating such a project and no technology like this is being tested currently.”
As we have written earlier, Hungary takes an active part in developing artificial intelligence. Read more here.