Liberty Defense, a provider of concealed weapons threat detection, and a 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Award Winner for Best Metal/Weapons Detection Solution, has signed an agreement with The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) to trial HEXWAVE™ at Toronto Pearson International Airport during the third quarter of 2022.
Toronto Pearson is located in Mississauga, west of Toronto, in Ontario, Canada, and is Canada’s largest airport, the sixth-most-connected airport in the world, and the second-most-connected airport in North America.
Toronto Pearson will be the first airport in the world to trial the HEXWAVE walkthrough security detection portal.
Bill Frain, CEO of Liberty Defense is one of several key members of the Liberty Defense team that have previously been involved in the development and mass deployment of key screening technologies that are commonly found today at airports around the world.
“The HEXWAVE is planned to act as an additional layer of security at airports, extending the perimeter of the screened area to include the entrance to the airport itself,” explains Frain.
“As airports continue to look at innovative ways to improve security, technology like HEXWAVE provides the ultimate solution.”
This part of a layered defense strategy makes it possible for security teams to detect threats at the perimeter of a property, in this particular case an airport, without obstructing the movement of large groups of people.
HEXWAVE uses 3D radar imaging and artificial intelligence, primarily to detect and identify concealed weapons, as well as other threats and anomalies, whether they are metallic or nonmetallic.
Passing through a HEXWAVE device is a completely seamless experience, with no need to stop and remove keys, cell phones, or other items from pockets.
Moreover, HEXWAVEdoes not retain the 3D radar image and only displays a standardized person outline as shown in the figure shown below (at right).
HEXWAVE can operate in both indoor and outdoor environments, providing additional flexibility for the deployment of the system.
“The GTAA places passenger and staff safety as our highest priority, and this means taking a proactive, innovative approach to staying ahead of emerging threats and minimizing them,” said Dwayne Macintosh, Director of Corporate Safety and Security for the GTAA.
“We look forward to trialing HEXWAVE, and its potential to enhance safety at Toronto Pearson.”
As previously announced, Liberty is also working with 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Award Program Champion – the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA), for demonstration and evaluation of the HEXWAVE and its expanded capabilities for screening aviation workers at a TSA designated airport location to enhance detection and throughput performance.
The 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Platinum Award Winner for Best Metal/Weapons Detection Solution was Evolve Technology’s Evolv Express, which combines powerful sensor technology with proven artificial intelligence (AI), security ecosystem integrations, and comprehensive venue analytics to ensure safer, more accurate threat detection at an unprecedented speed and volume, followed closely by IPVideo Corporation’s ViewScan System, which is a completely passive weapons detection system that emits no radiation and is safe for anyone to walk through, including those with medical devices and who may be pregnant.
(Spot weapons while ignoring harmless personal items. Evolv Express™ is the world’s first touchless security screening solution that meets all of the post-pandemic security screening requirements. Express is up to 10X faster and far more accurate than metal detectors because it uses new sensor technology and artificial intelligence, so visitors walk right through at a natural pace while carrying their phones, bags, and other personal items. Courtesy of Evolv Technology and YouTube.)
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Honored in 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program
American Security Today’s Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards is the preeminent U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program, and now entering its Seventh Year, continues to recognize industry leaders of Physical and Border Security, Cybersecurity, Emergency Preparedness – Management and Response, Law Enforcement, First Responders, as well as federal, state and municipal government agencies in the acknowledgment of their outstanding efforts to Keep our Nation Secure.
Excellence in National Security for Traveler Security Management
TSA Team Newark at
Newark Liberty International Airport
In recognition and with sincere appreciation of your exceptional contributions at Newark International Airport, in promoting the transportation security mission and outstanding dedication to the agency, stakeholders, and the traveling public.
(On this the 20th Anniversary of the TSA, please join us in celebrating the fabulous work of this comprehensive and innovative agency in securing public transportation across our Nation, and keeping our citizens safe, one plane, train, bus, highway, and mass transit hub at a time. See selected highlights from the TSA’s 20th Anniversary event held at Ronald Reagan Airport on November 19, 2021. Courtesy of the TSA and YouTube.)
Excellence in National Security for Traveler Security Management
Aviation Program Branch
Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS)
In recognition of the outstanding training and support the ‘Crew Member Self Defense Training Program‘ provided our industry partners.
Through this training, TSA enhanced the safety and security of the traveling public and the flight crew members who serve them.
(Run. Hide. Fight. Everyone is familiar with how to deal with certain threats on the ground. But the rules are different at 35,000 feet. Take an inside look at how the TSA’s Federal Air Marshals Service is teaching airline crew members how to defend themselves – and the aircraft – from terrorists. Courtesy of the TSA and YouTube.)
The Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards highlight the most cutting-edge and forward-thinking security solutions coming onto the market today, to ensure our readers have the information they need to stay ahead of the competition and keep our Nation safe – one facility, street, and city at a time.
The United States was forever changed 20 years ago on September 11th, and we were fortunate to have many of those who responded to those horrific tragedies join us at the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Luncheon.
In the days that followed 9/11, the critical needs of protecting our country catapulted us into new and innovative ways to secure our homeland – which is how many of the agencies and enterprise organizations that are today ‘ASTORS’ Awards Champions, came into being.
Our 2021 keynote speaker featured a moving and informative address from TSA Administrator and Vice-Admiral of the United States Coast Guard (Ret), David Pekoske; to our attendees who traveled from across the United States and abroad, on the strategic priorities of the 64,000 member TSA workforce in securing the transportation system, enabling safe, and in many cases, contactless travel.
Legendary Police Commissioner William Bratton of the New York Police Department, the Boston Police Department, and former Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department was also live at the event, meeting with attendees and signing copies of his latest work ‘The Profession: A Memoir of Community, Race, and the Arc of Policing in America,’ courtesy of the generosity of our 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Premier Sponsors.
The 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program was Proudly Sponsored by AMAROK, Fortior Solutions and SIMS Software, along with Returning Premier Sponsors ATI Systems, Attivo Networks, Automatic Systems, and Reed Exhibitions.
Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards at https://americansecuritytoday.com/ast-awards/.
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In 2021 over 200 distinguished guests representing Federal, State and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Firms gathered from across North America, Europe and the Middle East to be honored among their peers in their respective fields which included:
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- ICE Homeland Security Investigations (ICE HSI)
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- The Federal Protective Service (FPS)
- Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
- DHS Science & Technology (S&T)
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- The InfraGard National Alliance
- The Metropolitan Police (MPD)
- The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA)
- Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS)
- The Federal Air Marshals Service
- The San Diego Harbor Police Foundation, and Many More!
Corporate firms, the majority of which return year to year to build upon their record of accomplishment include:
AlertMedia, Allied Universal, AMAROK, ATI Systems, Attivo Networks, Axis Communications, Automatic Systems of America, BriefCam, Canon U.S.A., Fortior Solutions, guardDog.ai, Hanwha Techwin of America, HID Global, Mark43, IPVideo Corporation, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, Lumina Analytics, NEC National Security Systems, NICE Public Safety, OnSolve, PureTech Systems, Quantum Corporation, Rave Mobile Safety, Regroup Mass Notification, Robotic Assistance Devices, Rajant Corporation, SafeLogic, Senstar Corporation, ShotSpotter, Singlewire Software, SolarWinds Worldwide, Teledyne FLIR, Valor Systems, and Wiresecure, just to name a few!
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To learn more about ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award Winners solutions, please see the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ CHAMPIONS Edition Fully Interactive Magazine – the Best Products of 2021 ‘A Year in Review’.
The Annual CHAMPIONS edition includes a review of Annual ‘ASTORS’ Award Winning products and programs, highlighting key details on many of the winning firm’s products and services, including video interviews and more.
It serves as your Go-To Source throughout the year for ‘The Best of 2021 Products and Services‘ endorsed by American Security Today, and can satisfy your agency’s and/or organization’s most pressing Homeland Security and Public Safety needs.
From Physical Security (Access Control, Critical Infrastructure, Perimeter Protection, and Video Surveillance Cameras and Video Management Systems), to IT Security (Cybersecurity, Encryption, Data Storage, Anti-Malware and Networking Security – Just to name a few), the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ CHAMPIONS EDITION has what you need to Detect, Delay, Respond to, and Mitigate today’s real-time threats in our constantly evolving security landscape.
It also includes featured guest editorial pieces from some of the security industry’s most respected leaders, and recognized firms in the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program.
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