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Point-of-entry Lie-detecting Kiosks in Testing

CNBC reports DHS has been testing kiosks that interview persons arriving to the United States. The kiosks have sensors and software to detect lying.

The AVATAR combines artificial intelligence with various sensors and biometrics that seeks to flag individuals who are untruthful or a potential risk based on eye movements or changes in voice, posture and facial gestures.

“We’re always consistently above human accuracy,” said Elkins, who worked on the technology with a team of researchers that included the University of Arizona.

According to Elkins, the AVATAR as a deception-detection judge has a success rate of 60 to 75 percent and sometimes up to 80 percent.

“Generally, the accuracy of humans as judges is about 54 to 60 percent at the most,” he said. “And that’s at our best days. We’re not consistent.”

The developers of the AVATAR hope that one day the system will speed up processing at points of entry.