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Focusing on the Positive

Israel is a lab for the fight against terror around the world. That is a fact. And in my 40 years of serving this country in the IDF, I was at the forefront of many innovations, technologies, inventions and strategies designed to successfully battle terrorists.

I spent years in the IDF focused on finding the terrorists. And nowhere was the challenge more clear than when I would visit – as an IDF general – the Erez Crossing, the major pedestrian and cargo terminal at the border of the Gaza Strip. I saw the challenge of the local commanders that were in charge of assisting 30,000 Palestinians with entry into Israel each day.

Of course, the directive was to check each person or vehicle to be sure that no terrorists were entering Israel.  As you can imagine, this slowed things down tremendously, and I thought to myself back then that it would be wonderful if we had a system that “targeted” those who were not terrorists. Such a system – which FST Biometrics has since created – would have improved the daily quality of life for tens of thousands of people from Gaza.

When I retired from the IDF, I asked myself the question: Can I apply this philosophy – focusing on those who are not terrorists – to the area of criminal activity as well?

In 2007, for the first time, more than 50% of all people in the world lived in cities. By 2045, that number is expected to reach 80% – 9.5 billion people. A city like Sao Paolo, Brazil, has more than 22 million people living in it, and many are in poor neighborhoods.

With that level of urbanization come significant challenges, like transportation, employment and even potable water.

Crime is going to be a major issue as well, given the increasing gap between the haves and have-nots.  Can such mega-cities focus crime-fighting on trying to find the “bad guy?” It becomes the proverbial needle-in-a-hay-stack, in terms of feasibility.

But, if we apply FST’s approach of in-motion identification for authorized individuals, the challenge becomes more manageable, and the quality of life for everyone will improve. If we can identify who, upon entering a facility, is a known person, such as a company’s employee, we can simply allow access to such a person.

In essence, by allowing access for the “good guys,” we are protecting everyone against the “bad guys.” Allowing those who are authorized to enter keeps the unauthorized out, is excellent implementation of preventive security methodology needed in today’s daily life.

That is what FST Biometrics is all about. That’s how I arrived here.

In the coming weeks and months, I will be blogging about where we are going, and I look forward to providing insight to you that will show you how, by focusing on the positive, we can make this world a safer, more secure place for mankind.


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