To answer this demand, S&T is helping agents and officers detect threats with technologies like the BioSwimmer and the Hostile Intent program. Once completed, these will provide the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Transportation Security Administration with actionable data to make game-time decisions.
In 2016, we successfully demonstrated the BioSwimmer, an underwater robot—modeled like a fish—that can find illicit cargo and contraband and unwanted activity with its ability to twist and turn in tight spaces around and under ships. This allows officers the ability to identify and interdict smuggling. In the same vein of detection, but in a different setting S&T is looking at how we can help officers identify a person planning to engage in a harmful act at a port of entry with its Hostile Intent Program. In 2016, S&T conducted laboratory testing on this kiosk-based technology to set a baseline for its 2017 usability study that will test the technology with Transportation Security Officers.