The Indian Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is reportedly planning to deploy robotic canines at airports across the country in an effort to boost security.
These robotic canines will replace airport security dogs such as the German shepherds, Labradors or Belgian Malinois, which are used by the CISF in airport security, reported the Times of India.
Robotic canines are capable of detecting explosives and can scan the luggage of passengers using an X-Ray system fitted in their eyes.
With deployment of robotic canines, CISF aims to use the latest technologies to deal with increasing global threats to aviation, greater volumes of air travellers and new tactics used to smuggle illegal items through airports.
The idea of deploying robotic canines was discussed when CISF director general (DG) Rajesh Ranjan and additional DG Ganapathy attended the Global Aviation Security Symposium in Canada.
An officer told the publication: “We already have a tie-up with Transport Security Administration (TSA) of the United States but now we have a capacity building pact with the EU as well, which will help us explore a lot about new technologies and methods of securing our airports.”
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In addition, the officials discussed the use of CT scan-based screening of hand-luggage, cabin baggage, artificial intelligence, latest explosive detectors and biometric control access at the airports.
At present, several airports in the UK, US, Canada, Japan, and Korea are using robotic dogs for various purposes, including passenger information and security checks.
CISF is responsible for providing security services at 61 airports across the country. It has already started biometrics system at some airports and is trialling full-body scanners.