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KNAU and Arizona News
4:18 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Virtual Agent Screens Travelers on the Border

BORDERS/University of Arizona

In Nogales Arizona, the latest news on the US/Mexico border is… robotic.

The National Center for Border Security and Immigration has a new virtual border patrol agent.

Meet the AVATAR, or Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real-Time.

(Sound of AVATAR greeting: "Hello, I am AVATAR")

He’s bilingual, friendly, professional, and a computer.

His face smiles at you from a touch-screen kiosk.

Travelers who frequently cross the border can apply for something called the Trusted Travelers program.

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