Liberty Defense announced that it has signed a collaboration agreement (“CoA”) to beta test its flagship product, HEXWAVE, with the Maryland Stadium Authority (“MSA”), the unit of state government that owns and manages the sporting venues at Camden Yards in the city of Baltimore.
Camden Yards is home to a professional baseball stadium seating approximately 45,000 and a professional football stadium seating approximately 72,000. Testing with the MSA is planned to kick off at Camden Yards in early 2020.
HEXWAVE uses low-power, radar imaging and artificial intelligence (AI), primarily to detect and identify weapons, without collecting or storing any personally identifiable information. HEXWAVE is capable of detecting both metallic and non-metallic items and can be used both indoors and outdoors.
This flexibility can enable a layered defense strategy for a venue, meaning that threats can be detected early, at the perimeter of the property, without obstructing the movement of large groups of people.
“Baltimore has long been a sports-oriented city. One of our key market verticals is sports and entertainment venues, and we are delighted to add Baltimore, home to two premier sports teams, and Camden Yards to our beta testing program,” said Bill Riker, CEO of Liberty Defense.
“To date, Liberty has had overwhelming interest from the major professional sporting leagues, particularly in North America, but also in Europe.”
Beta testing involves testing HEXWAVE in a live environment such as Camden Yards, following the initial Alpha testing that is taking place at Liberty’s Center of Excellence laboratory in Atlanta, Georgia.
“It’s important for us to ensure not only a great experience for our guests, but also a safe and secure experience as well. HEXWAVE is an exciting new innovation that provides an answer to the security challenges we face today.
We are pleased to be able to test this exciting new technology at our property,” said Vernon J. Conaway, Jr., Vice President, Safety and Security, Maryland Stadium Authority.
This beta testing phase is a key part of HEXWAVE’s development process. Testing the system in operational and diverse facilities can help to ensure that it is aligned to market requirements. Beta testing is expected to begin later in 2019 and progress into 2020. Liberty will also beta test HEXWAVE at FC Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena in Germany, Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, in the state of Utah, in Sleiman shopping centers and in a Hindu temple.
Liberty provides security solutions for concealed weapon detection in high volume foot traffic areas and has secured an exclusive license from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as well as a technology transfer agreement, for patents related to active 3D radar imaging technology that are packaged into the HEXWAVE product.
The Maryland Stadium Authority was established by the Maryland legislature in 1986 with the mission to build, manage, and maintain quality facilities to keep professional baseball in, and attract the return of professional football to, the city of Baltimore, Maryland.Source: libertydefense.com