Multimodal Remote Detection of Hidden Threats in Security Checks 

During the attacks in Paris and Brussels in recent years, terrorists used weapons and explosives in crowds with the aim of killing as many people as possible. To counter such attacks, it is necessary to identify the perpetrators from a distance and to stop them before they reach a dense crowd. That is not possible with the current means.

The project's goal is to develop an integrated and automated system for detecting hidden weapons and bombs. It is a combination of terahertz technology, known from body scanners at the airport, and other optical sensors integrated into a detector that can detect perpetrators and their weapons. The system should operate from a distance of up to 50 meters and allow the security personnel to intervene before the assassin becomes aware that he has been controlled and discovered.

At the same time, the technical side of the project should be supported from the beginning by intensive legal research. This is to ensure that the system complies with legal requirements and, in particular, does not violate personal rights.


Find a more detailed project description here (only available in German)

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Duration: 01.09.2018 - 31.08.2021
Project management: Prof. Dr. Walter Perron
Support: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)
Scientific Assistance: Philipp Johner, Stefan Uhl