Baggage Screening

Sabel Systems developed the capability to utilize the information stored in Explosives Detection System (EDS) Field Data Reporting System (FDRS) reports to provide operational reporting and metrics for the entire Transportation Security Administration (TSA) EDS fleet of over 1800 machines. Sabel Systems team members have previous experience with EDS manufacturers and are keenly aware of the abundant analysis possibilities provided by FDRS data. Sabel Systems worked with TSA’s Electronic Baggage Screening Program stakeholders to deliver this business intelligence capability using TSA’s own Security Technology Integrated Program (STIP). STIP is an agency-wide Enterprise Management System that provides a centralized focal point connecting passenger and baggage screening security technologies to one network. Sabel designed a database schema to optimize performance and built a reporting framework using the IBM Cognos platform. Additional business intelligence and reporting capability have been developed using Microsoft Power BI.

The tool provides data management and data analytics in a user-friendly web-based platform and allows TSA’s own designated personnel to create and run reports as needed. Sabel Systems is also integrating data from multiple TSA data sources such as Contract Status Accounting Report (CSAR) and Government Property Management (GPM) to provide a comprehensive view of the EDS install base. Sabel validates and evaluates the completeness of data delivered each month and identifies anomalies. Future development plans include adding data from carry on baggage screening equipment as well as information from the Performance Information Management System (PIMS) and Enhanced Staffing Model (ESM) to provide enhanced multi-variable analytics.

The tool also provides graphical reporting of operational performance characteristics as well as dashboarding of specific data elements and can be completely customized to meet the user’s needs.

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Name Baggage Screening Categories Case Studies Author Brandon Sorrell