As part of a broader effort to combat wildlife trafficking, we helped a global association and a partner government with initial guidance in the creation of a data library for the development of algorithms to automate detection of wildlife parts in hold-baggage screening. Our efforts set the stage for additional funding discussions and a broader roadmap to build a Proof of Concept and eventually, deploy the capability at scale.
“Wildlife trafficking sits in neither the security nor safety lanes. Detecting wildlife in cabin or hold baggage using existing detection equipment will require a tremendous amount of goodwill among stakeholders to find workable solutions that stop trafficking without negatively impacting aviation operations. The stellar collaboration between IATA and relevant government stakeholders should be held out as a best practice.”