The Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) has utilised technology company Liberty Defense Holdings for its artificial intelligence (AI)-driven security system to detect weapons.

According to the agreement signed between the two parties, Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) will test  Liberty’s Hexwave solution.

Plans to deploy this system at Toronto Pearson, Canada’s largest airport, was announced in 2019.

The trial is scheduled to commence in the third quarter of this year, making Toronto Pearson the first airport globally to do so.

Hexwave can spot both metallic and non-metallic objects, utilising AI and 3D radar imaging.

The system functions in both indoor and outdoor environments.

It detects anomalies without requiring people to remove keys or cell phones, which helps refrain from hampering passenger flow and leading to congestion.

The aim is to flag threats at the perimeter of a property and serve as an additional security layer.

In addition, Hexwave does not retain the 3D radar images and only shows a standardised human outline.

“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,” Liberty Defense CEO Bill Frain noted.  

GTAA director of Corporate Safety and Security Dwayne Macintosh said: “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 minimising them.”

Last year, Liberty announced its association with the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for demonstration and evaluation of the Hexwave threat detection solution.