TSA Acting Deputy Administrator Rod Allison spoke at the Fifth Annual U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Supply Chain Summit in Washington, D.C., May 17.
The Summit brought together speakers from private and government sectors to address the various issues affecting supply chains today and into the future.
Allison discussed the importance supply chains play as partners in the security business. To stay ahead of the threat environment, TSA and industry partners must continually adapt and evolve screening technologies, processes, and systems.
“Securing the international air cargo supply chain is absolutely vital to our national security and economic prosperity,” said Allison. “But doing so should not impede the efficient and smooth function of the supply chain, and we are mindful that any disruption, no matter how localized, can have a global impact.”
Allison added, TSA continuously works to expand its security efforts beyond the checkpoint. One way TSA plans to accomplish this is through its Innovation Task Force. The task force is focused on taking a fresh look at security systems and working with public and private partners to provide a platform for government, industry, and stakeholders to gather requirements for new approaches to transportation security and accelerate the development and deployment of new technologies and improvements to operations.
Some of the initiatives in development include Computed Tomography, which utilizes 3D-imaging and detection software to help operators automatically identify threats; and Biometric Authentication Technology, which could allow travelers to use their face or fingerprints as a boarding pass.
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