Self-checkout registers at the grocery store have reduced the lines when it comes to buying food, but can a similar setup do the same for security waiting lines? A company called Qylur has developed the Qylatron automated checkpoint which it hopes will bring added safety to sports or concert venues without increasing wait times to get inside.
Patrons place their bags and other personal belongings in a small compartment, and then walk through a traditional metal detector. On the other side their scanned items are waiting for them behind a locked door that's only accessible using their own unique ticket. This helps prevent theft, but if there's a problem, also allows the items in question to be locked down until they can be manually searched by a security officer.
Qylur claims that up to five of the Qylatron checkpoints can be monitored by just a single operator, which also makes them more financially feasible for venues hoping to improve their security. While they've been already tested at an airport in Rio de Janeiro, the capacity of those scanning compartments would have to be increased for larger hubs to accommodate hand luggage. But if it means reducing the number of disgruntled members of airport security we have to deal with, let's get these rolled out everywhere. [Qylur via PSFK]