Simulation Analysis of Inspections of International Travelers at Los Angeles International Airport for US-VISIT [open pdf - 1MB]
"The United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology Program (US-VISIT) will deploy biometric and other systems to identify and track foreign nationals entering and exiting the U.S. Evaluation of the large number of possible policy options and technical configurations for implementation of US-VISIT requires validated system analyses with appropriate tools that can address the requirements of this new program and its processes. Early identification of performance issues and capability gaps will prove critical to the success of the program. The objectives of the US-VISIT Project at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)/Homeland Security Organization are to develop and/or utilize tools to acquire and manage the data needed to provide these analyses, to model experimental reengineered processes or technical designs, and to support data analysis, policy determinations, system architecture and/or planning ongoing elsewhere. This report describes our modeling efforts to estimate the impacts of US-VISIT in terms of traveler wait times and queue lengths. Our model uses data from the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Currently, there is no available dataset that indicates how long a traveler waits in a queue to be inspected. However, the Interagency Border Inspection System (IBIS) and Port of Entry Office Management System (POMS) data together provide the basis for modeling the wait time. This study is unique in that it uses and analyzes data only recently available from IBIS to provide more accurate input for the simulation model and a better characterization of the current process than previously possible."
University of California Radiation Laboratory, UCRL-TR-202734
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