SECURITY SCHEDULE RANDOMIZATION

Overview

Initially developed for the Los Angeles Airport Police, the Assistant for Randomized Monitoring Over Routes (ARMOR) tool prevents criminals and terrorists from predicting where and when security patrols will conduct their rounds or set up checkpoints. ARMOR uses game-theoretic algorithms to randomize security schedules and plans, making it difficult for adversaries to plan how they will avoid security forces when plotting illegal activities. It also enables security forces to maximize the effectiveness of their limited resources.

 CREATE RESEARCHERS HAVE RECEIVED RECOGNITION AND AWARDS FOR ARMOR INCLUDING A SPECIAL COMMENDATION FROM THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES; DHS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IMPACT AWARD; OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARD FROM THE COMMANDER, FIRST COAST GUARD DISTRICT; CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT FROM THE OFFICE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT, FEDERAL AIR MARSHAL SERVICE; RIST PRIZE FROM THE MILITARY OPERATIONS RESEARCH SOCIETY; AND WAGNER PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN OPERATIONS RESEARCH PRACTICE FROM THE INSTITUTE FOR OPERATIONS RESEARCH AND THE MANAGEMENT SCIENCES.

ARMOR has been customized for use by the Federal Air Marshal Service, Transportation Security Agency (TSA), and U.S. Coast Guard. A customized version of ARMOR for TSA's Office of Mass Transit and Passenger Rail and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was tested during a full scale exercise in Los Angeles.