Amsterdam Schiphol is partnering with technology firm Pangiam, to explore how artificial intelligence could be used to speed up the process of baggage security checks.

Schiphol is the first major European airport to support Project DARTMOUTH, a collaboration between Pangiam and Google, with AI and algorithm technology being used to analyse images of hand baggage and identify prohibited items and other security risks.

The partnership will see the technology initially being tested “on a small scale” to allow for further development. It can be applied to existing equipment such as the airport’s CT scanners, and if successful and it meets European regulations, it could be implemented at scale.

Schiphol said that “In the future, the technology could support employees in this and speed up the process for travellers”.

The collaboration follows the airport’s recent announcement of plans to build a new baggage basement alongside the renovation of existing systems.

At the time Schiphol said that a redesign of its baggage process would include “innovative automation and artificial intelligence solutions”, including “the further development of existing robots in the baggage basement, the production of machines that can unload suitcases, and the development of autonomous vehicles that will drive around the baggage basement to move carts and containers”.

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Commenting on the latest news Philip van Noort, Director Security at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, said:

“We are fully committed to recruiting security colleagues and have been increasing the productivity of our security equipment recently, of course without compromising on the quality of security.

“In the future, this collaboration can contribute to more comfort for travellers thanks to secure and faster hand baggage screening. Safety always remains our priority.”