An Atlanta-based tech firm has created a body-scanning security system that can detect people in high-traffic areas carrying guns, knives, bombs and other weapons and alert the authorities in real-time, enhancing security operations and potentially saving lives.
The device, called Hexwave, emits radio waves to create a 3D image of objects on top of a person’s body. Artificial intelligence (AI) assesses the image to determine if the person is carrying an object that could be used to harm others. If Hexwave detects such an object, it alerts authorities. All of this is done in the blink of an eye.
Liberty Defense, the company that developed Hexwave, believes the device can revolutionize safety in airports, schools, places of worship, sports arenas, and other public and private venues. The device can be concealed within the panel of a building or other structure so that people don’t know they are being scanned for weapons, or it can be installed in a visible location.
As for concerns the system could negatively impact health, one of the developers says it uses a low-energy signal similar to Wi-Fi that is “200 times less than the signal you’re putting out at your home,” according to Atlanta’s WSB-TV.
Liberty Defense says Hexwave is still in testing but expects the system to be ready for use by the end of next year. An independent security expert told WSB-TV that the innovative technology would solve a lot of security-related problems and has the potential to save lives.
In an era when mass shootings, bombings, and other extremist-related terrorist activities are on the rise, that could be a very good thing.
But despite its promise, Beasley Allen attorney Parker Miller told WSB-TV that the body-scanning technology still raises some concerns about privacy, especially if the system is hidden or used in public properties, such as airports and public schools. Parker works in the firm’s Atlanta office handling cases involving premises liability and negligent security.
“It really comes down to, ‘Do you have an expectation of privacy in the area that you’re located in?’” he said. “It’s probably a case-by-case situation.”
Another potential privacy issue is whether the data collected by Hexwave could be stored or shared with another party. Liberty Defense says that any images it collects would not be used in an intrusive way.
“The data and image being made is pretty much for the computer for training purposes and nothing else,” Aman Bhardwaj, the president and chief operating officer of Liberty Defense told WSB-TV.