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OPSL - collaboration between application and algorithm developers

The Open Platform Software Library (OPSL) offers a cross-platform software development kit (SDK) that facilitates collaboration between application and algorithm developers, equipment providers, system integrators, and airport operators to elevate airport security and improve the passenger screening experience.


OPSL - the airport security platform

OPSL offers a plug and play, vendor-neutral, standardized platform that opens up access to the airport security market for application developers.

Developed under the OTAP (Open Threat Assessment Platform), OPSL offers a plug and play, vendor-neutral, standardized platform that opens up access to the airport security market for application developers. The SDK contains implementation examples and testing infrastructure tools that enable the development and seamless integration of third-party algorithms into airport security systems.

Funded and developed by Sandia National Laboratories in conjunction with Stratovan, under contract with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), OPSL:

  • Enables innovation and collaboration through standardized interfaces
  • Reduces operational costs for TSA and airport operations by better leveraging existing hardware
  • Facilitates the seamless introduction of new, innovative capabilities and best-of-breed components
Helps TSA/Airport Operators

Selects the most efficient, accurate and interoperable systems so that airports can achieve the highest level of security possible and deliver the quickest and most efficient passenger experience.

Enables a Common Platform

Algorithm Developers can create algorithms and instantly become compatible with any equipment vendor, gain access to the airport security market and eliminate the headaches of integration and deployment.

Benefits Security Vendors

Gives the ability to expand their portfolio of customer offerings by incorporating new applications into systems, which prior to OPSL could not be conceived of nor integrated, with the potential for global adoption into new markets.

Aids Passenger Experience

Produces the most seamless, most efficient, fastest and safest security processing experience possible, including shorter lines, speedier security checks and reduced manual scans.

Standardized processes and third party integration

The OPSL framework integrates third-party applications such as automated threat recognition algorithms (ATRs), graphical user interfaces, and risk-based security (among other functionalities) on baggage screening devices. The OPSL framework allows for configurable risk-based screening (RBS) workflows based on passenger risk scores to ensure that screening information is routed to the right devices dynamically within a screening lane. OPSL also integrates and leverages the Digital Imaging and Communications in Security (DICOS) standard format for moving image data between screening devices in a standardized way.

OPSL decouples screening capabilities into OPSL Roles (i.e., what Role does each capability play within the screening workflow) and defines interfaces to those capabilities so that heterogenous systems can be constructed. To date, third-party ATRs, on-screen viewers, data archiving, risk-based screening functions, and dynamic workflow capability have all been successfully demonstrated on ATXs and CTs using OPSL. In addition, OPSL demonstrations utilizing third-party ATRs on HD-AIT data and third-party multi-energy detectors designed for ATXs have also been performed.

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The Stratovan DICOS Toolkit/SDK is Used By 80+ Airport Security Vendors

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Automated Threat Recognition (ATR)

Only one ATR software works with any security system in every environment. And the only one to be both TSA APSS Level 1 and lorem ipsum dolor certified.