OTER – Detection Training

A crowd screening system built around 49 behavior indicators. Enhancing the ability of security personnel to identify and target those with potential mal-intent from succeeding in their aims.

The OTER© system utilizes the most effective screening technology and uses scientifically validated approaches in behavioral observation and engagement techniques to catch high-risk individuals using behavior alone.

The OTER process:

  • Observe multiple subjects from a distance.
  • Target individuals who exhibit clusters of behavioral indicators of potential mal-intent.
  • Engage those targeted in casual elicitation/conversations and formal interviews (with uniformed and non-uniformed security staff).
  • Respond appropriately following the engagement (e.g. release, refer, arrest, report).

*All criteria within the OTER© system is supported by solid research. We disagree with racial and other discriminatory profiling practices and recognize these techniques have been proven to have little validity within real world contexts.

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What indicators does OTER assess?

The list of scientifically researched primary detection indicators are grouped into 6 dimensions, captured by the acronym iALERT.

i relates to what a person is showing interest in.

A relates to a person’s attire, which includes but is not specific to their clothing.

L relates to locomotion, including but not limited to a person’s gait and trajectory.

E relates to engagement, that is, how a person is reacting to/interacting with their surroundings.

R relates to a person’s use of ritual behaviour.

T relates to Tells – the Twenty-seven criteria that can be used from a distance, when scanning the persons six communication channels; facial expressions, body movements, their psychophysiology, and/or, if close enough their voice, interactive (verbal) style and verbal content.

Who is the OTER system for?

The main three areas that would benefit from the immediate application of OTER are:

  • Ports 
    Air, Land, Sea.
  • Events
    Sports, Political, Celebrations, Ceremonies etc.
  • VIP Transit
    Royal, Government, VIP, Criminal etc.

Tailoring OTER to your location/event

All locations and events are different. Therefore, the approach devised for a departure gate of an Airport, for example, will be very different from what is suitable for a sports arena, a VIP escort, or the arrivals terminal at that same airport.

To ensure the criteria are context specific and validated for all threat types and priorities, OTER is broken down into four key levels:

  1. Master Context
    This is the first layer and will establish whether OTER is being used at a Port, Events, or VIP transit.
  2. General Context
    This layer isolates the particular location or event – e.g. – Airport, Festival, or political summit.
  3. Specific Location
    Here the location/event will be narrowed down to location in question. i.e. – Glastonbury festival, Hamburg 2017 G20 summit, John F. Kennedy International Airport.
  4. Zone
    This will be the area of the location/event where the OTER team will be stationed. i.e. – The departures lounge, the main entrance, from the stage.

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