The challenge: "Find the Bomber, not the Bomb!"
What does the WeCU system do?
The WeCU system integrates methods and doctrines from the behavioral sciences with advanced biometric sensors. In under a minute it can screen an individual, without his or her knowledge or cooperation and without interfering with routine activities, and disclose intentions or involvement in a defined threat, such as criminal or terror activity.
- Fast (detection cycle: 30 seconds)
- No bottlenecks
- Covert (no cooperation or awareness required)
- Privacy protection (no tracking, no data bases)
- No profiling, no discrimination
- Independent and reliable
- Automatic & objective (no human bias)
- Resistant to countermeasures
- Cost effective
How does it work?
The WeCU system blends-in with the natural environment at the protected site, and the screening procedure concurs with regular, routine activities, such as flight check-in at an airport, or employees' access control process at sensitive facilities.
The system can be wrapped inside any device which serves in these environments, such as self service kiosks, desk tops, access control gates, etc.
The WeCU concept takes advantage of human characteristics, according to which when a person intends to carry out a particular activity or has a significant acquaintance or involvement with a subject, he carries with him information and feelings that are associated with it. In effect, his brain creates a collection of associations that are relevant to the subject.
The WeCU system identifies this associative connection, by actively exposing the person being screened to stimuli targeted at a specific threat, followed by detection of the person's physiological response to the stimuli through nonintrusive biometric sensors. If the stimuli are relevant to the examinee, the system will identify suspicion-raising signs (response) at the time of the screening—with great accuracy and with an extremely low rate of false negative and false positive indications.
After facing this challenge for 6 years of R&D, WeCU system is ready for deployment in two main configurations for various applications – starting from internal threat screening of employees in sensitive organizations, to mass screening of passengers in airports etc.
The system has been demonstrated to governmental authorities in Israel and other countries. The Israeli government and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security showed particular interest in WeCU. Two research grants have been given to the system by the DHS, and three additional research grants have been given to WeCU by the Israeli government.