USC vs. terrorists

GCN tech brief

Security officials at Los Angeles International Airport are experimenting with a system developed by the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California that is designed to make airport security operations harder for terrorists to predict and defeat. The software ' called ARMOR ' employs game theory to make it extremely difficult for observers to find any patterns or regularities in LAX vehicle security routines. When an administrator clicks a button on the software, it reorganizes the security team's schedule randomly to produce the same level of overall coverage as conventional scheduling but without predictability.


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