The beautiful game just got safer.
German champion football club Bayern Munich will be testing the next generation of high-tech security scanners at its arena next spring that can screen the public and detect threats in real time before they walk through the door. The leading-edge technology can then be used at football stadiums around the world to keep fans safe.
Liberty Defense Technologies (TSX-V: SCAN; FRANKFURT: LD2), a publicly-traded company on the Toronto Venture Stock Exchange under the symbol SCAN, announced today it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with FC Bayern München (“FC Bayern”) to run a beta test with its HEXWAVE scanners that use advanced radar, artificial intelligence and 3D-imaging to unobtrusively screen sports fans.
The technology will be able to be deployed indoors and outdoors with covert or overt applications, and HEXWAVE provides a layered defense by having the ability to detect guns or explosives that may be obscured by clothing before they even enter the arena.
And football stadiums are not immune to the mass shootings and attacks that have been seen rising around the world.
“This agreement with FC Bayern provides a significant market validation of not only the need for this capability that HEXWAVE provides but also an appreciation for the global nature of this requirement,” Liberty Defense CEO Bill Riker said.
Riker, who has 37 years of experience leading global defense and security systems, said the partnership will give the security firm an enormous opportunity to further test and develop the HEXWAVE product at Allianz Arena with its capacity of 75,000 people to ensure its aligned with market requirements.
“Being able test and evolve HEXWAVE with one of the largest and best recognized sports organizations in world is a testament not only to the underlying technology but also the reach of our team,” he said.
The CEO said testing with the world-famous German football club could take place in March or April next year and will be at the later stages of HEXWAVE’s beta test cycle.
The hi-tech devices are mobile for easy set-up and and integrated into the venue’s existing security system and could trigger automatic lock-down systems for electronic doors or barriers.
“We look forward to analyzing and receiving the feedback from FC Bayern’s security teams as we learn and refine HEXWAVE and the deployment of new disruptive technology behind it,” said Riker.
Currently, Liberty Defense is working on a prototype at its labs near Atlanta, Georgia where it will begin an initial test stage during this summer. Then, beta-testing, or user trials, will start taking place at various venues starting later this year.
The tech firm has already established partnerships with various high-profile sports, entertainment and property management groups to begin testing the technology.
In April, Liberty Defense announced a MOU with Vancouver Arena Partnership. Testing is expected early 2020 at Rogers Arena, a hockey rink and entertainment venue in Vancouver.
Liberty also signed an MOU with Sleiman Enterprises Inc., a Florida-based real estate developer that oversees more than 150 shopping centers. Riker said HEXWAVE will be tested at an undisclosed shopping mall in the U.S. later this year.
“The ability to test HEXWAVE in a number of our vertical markets in different locations across the world will provide key feedback to developing a successful product that has the operational agility to be deployed across a layered detection strategy,” Riker said.
The cutting-edge system is designed to be installed in high-traffic, soft target public locations to provide layered security detection. And because the technology works in real-time, Riker said it has the potential to process more than 1,000 people per hour, making it convenient for venues like Allianz Arenaopposed to cumbersome standard metal detectors or pat-downs.
“It is a capability that will enable the security, throughput and positive customer experience that this part of the security world wants,” Riker said.
Riker added being able to take the technology into Europe and be used at FC Bayern, the 12th most valuable sports team in the world according to Forbes, to further validate and show the international value of HEXWAVE within the urban security market.
According to a Homeland Security Research Corp. study, the global market for weapons and explosive detection security will be worth more than US$8 billion by 2020 and surpass US$11 billion by 2025.
The agreement with FC Bayern shows Liberty Defense’s reach and deep rolodex in generating interest for HEXWAVE and its market potential as it advances the technology’s capabilities.
And one of the other draws for Liberty Defense’s HEXWAVE is that they are safe. The radar energy level it uses is 200 times less than a common WiFi signal, and it doesn’t record people or analyze their faces, a boon for businesses worried about data privacy.
“We don’t store any of the images of the people—it doesn’t have the fidelity to do that or even looks at people’s faces and only the AI sees the images,” he said. “It’s about saving lives, but it’s also about preserving the peace of mind. Nobody wants to live in a police state.”
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