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Method and system for airport baggage security checking with holographic object navigation.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000246751D
Publication Date: 2016-Jun-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 48K

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Abstract

Disclosed are an article, system, and method for holographic projection (rendering) of objects in x-rayed luggage, making the viewing and inspection by security agents more efficient and effective.

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Method and system for airport baggage security checking with holographic object navigation.

X-ray based baggage checking systems are in place in which the baggage is scanned

with X-ray to enable the tracking of any suspicious objects. Three-dimensional (3D) scanning is also available, which enables a 3D view of any object. However, if multiple suspicious objects are present in the same baggage, then it is difficult to individually view the suspicious objects. For example, there is an existing system that conducts 3D scanning of baggage in airports and does not digitally isolate the objects present in the baggage; it shows the baggage as the traveler packed it. If the security person wants to view any object in a clear way, then an isolated view of said object is needed.

A method and system are needed by which a user can individually perform the security

checking of suspicious objects present in any baggage.

The novel contribution is an article, system, and method (heretofore referred to as system ) for holographic projection (rendering) of objects in x-rayed luggage, making the viewing and inspection by security agents more efficient and effective.

Three-dimensional x-ray (or equivalent) scanning technologies are enabling art, as is holographic rendering and projection.

In one embodiment, the system operates on a static x-ray (or equiv.) image. In another embodiment, the system operates on a real-time x-ray (or equiv.) scan data stream, such that the inspector can cause the scanner to change the scanning parameters (i.e., increase or decrease x-ray energy, which effectively makes superior-inferior objects more or less transparent).

Using a 3D scanning x-ray (or equivalent) method, the system detects the boundary and density of physical objects within the baggage and generates a hologram of each physical object. The holographic projectors installed in the scanning area project the holographic representations of each physical object in a piece of luggage for easy inspector visualization. This is in the air through holographic media or on a holographic screen, etc. Users can observe and manipulate the physical outlines and densities of the holographic representation of the physical objects (e.g., move an item from on top on another item, change object transparency, change object color, etc.). The system's operation on a static x-ray image of luggage contents permits computer-based movement and rotation of items and manipulation of transparencies/colors, etc. of items.

The system operation in real-time mode allows an inspector to modify x-ray (or equiv) scan parameters to augment inspection; the scanner is responsive to inspector commands, such as moving an object so that the user can see what is under it. The x-ray scanner beam energy (i.e., 25 kVp to 500 kVp) can be modulated to increase overall or selective x-ray penetration, effectively allowing an inspector to remove a superior object from an inferior ob...