Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) has agreed to test Liberty Defense’s weapon detection technology HEXWAVE at Toronto Pearson Airport.

Toronto Pearson International Airport is the first airport to test HEXWAVE, which is powered by artificial intelligence (AI) technology.

HEXWAVE employs 3D radar imaging to detect and identify weapons. It can help security personnel in identifying threats at the property perimeter without disturbing passenger flow.

Liberty Defense CEO Bill Riker said: “It is not our intention to replace the existing security measures in airports but to extend the security perimeter of aviation facilities by providing security between the curb and airport gate, which is a great example of how a layered defense approach can be implemented.

“Furthermore, HEXWAVE’s ability to operate in both indoor and outdoor environments further enables the security parameter to be expanded, in combination with its modular and scalable design, which will help make transportation infrastructure, such as airports, safer.”

This beta testing of the technology is aimed at further fine-tuning the product and aligning it with market requirements.

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GTAA corporate safety and security director Dwayne Macintosh added: “HEXWAVE caught my attention with its capability to detect both metallic and non-metallic objects and the flexibility for its deployment across the airport.

“We work with our partners to evaluate their products and evaluate how they can complement our operational reality.”

Testing will commence later this year, continuing into 2020.

The technology will be tested at multiple other North American locations, including Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Maryland Stadium Authority’s Camden Yards Complex in Baltimore, Rogers Arena in Vancouver, the Virginia Division of Capitol Police in Richmond, a number of Sleiman shopping centres in Florida and various Hindu temples in South-East US.

It will also be tested at FC Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena in Germany.