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Detect potential border smugglers by remotely measuring everyone's heart rates as they approach

Image credit: Brazilian citizen Chelbe Willams Moraes is handed a document as he is expulsed from Paraguay, in an unknown location, June 7, 2021. (Courtesy of Direccion General De Migraciones Paraguay/Handout via REUTERS)

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Apr 21, 2022
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A radar-based remote heart rate monitor can be used to detect heart rate changes as people approach a border crossing. Those who become nervous are worth checking for hidden cargo.
Why?
At the border crossings, detect people who are nervous but might not show it on the outside. They might be smuggling something.
How it works
Radar-based remote heart rate monitors are placed at 2 locations:
  1. At road toll booths leading toward border crossings - to measure people's baseline heartbeat in a relaxed state
  2. At border crossings - to see how the heartbeat has changed
When drivers pay the toll, their heart rate is measured and recorded alongside their license plate numbers. That measurement is considered their baseline when they are still in a relaxed state.
When the drivers reach the border crossing and talk to the customs/police their heart rates are measured again. The officer sees the before/after difference on a monitor. This is one useful piece of info they have at their disposal. Based on it they can notice if a driver is more nervous than they show on the outside. Such cars might be worth examining for hidden cargo.
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First-time travellers can be potential false positives

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Subash Chapagain
Subash Chapagain Apr 22, 2022
People who are travelling cross-country for the first time might be nervous not because they are smuggling something but just because they are new to this experience of going into another country for them. Such a heart-rate based monitoring should therefore only used for primary screening of suspects.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savica month ago
Also if the word got out, smugglers could use some meds that prevents the heart rate from spiking
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Goran Radanovic
Goran Radanovica month ago
I liked the effort. Some days are better than others.
I get nervous at the border when I see people searched because I think the police are gonna pull me over and waste my time. A variation could be detectors cars need to drive under that detect weapons and drugs.
I'm not sure if they have that already.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savica month ago
Goran Radanovic I think they have some kind of x-rays where they scan through the vehicle. This can't be good for health
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Darko Savic
Darko Savica month ago
I'm not proud of this idea, but it will have to do for today so that I don't break the one idea per day for a year streak

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