About the Competition
Why it was Launched
TSA attributes delays at its airport security checkpoints in part to the performance of its current detection algorithms and their procurement process. TSA currently purchases algorithms exclusively from the manufacturers of its scanning equipment and has complained that these algorithms are expensive and often take a while to be fully released to the agency. Additionally, the proprietary nature of the algorithms means that changing them to fit new screening or threat detection requirements is challenging often must be performed by the OEM on the equipment itself. Contestants are thus challenged to develop open-source solutions to these challenges and help DHS/TSA discover “new, non-traditional performers that might otherwise be overlooked”.