Posted: Feb 21, 2017 11:46 AM PST – Updated: Feb 21, 2017 10:27 PM PST
By Preston Phillips
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – Cutting edge technology that aims to change the way weapons are detected and works to avert mass shootings will soon be rolled out for real world use.
“It’s a wholly different level of capability,” Martin Cronin, CEO for Patriot One Technologies said.
The technology surfaced soon after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, inside Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, where 49 people were killed and 53 injured.
“It’s the combination of radar with machine learning,” Cronin said. “It’s the artificial intelligence behind it, which is really cutting edge and the algorithms, which can make a determination on what an object is.”
Patriot One Technologies is able to scan people while out of sight and can detect guns, knives and even suicide vests on a person, while also recognizing new weapons to make detection easier. The technology can essentially track weapons on a person in real time without them ever knowing it’s there.
This software also aims to replace common pat down procedures and keep people moving through lines in different locations.
“[The technology] doesn’t need a human operator, can sit behind a wall or a ceiling panel and can scan people as they’re approaching somewhere that you want to keep weapons out of,” Cronin said.
Jeff Gitto, operating managing partner of VGroup Concepts in Orlando, is the first to sign on with Patriot One Technologies and hopes to have the weapon-detection system in place in the next few months at the many restaurants and clubs he oversees.
“Our [software] will sit out front of a venue in a podium and will be scanning people to make sure that nobody is coming in with any weapons,” Gitto said. “Our theory is that if we can take that technology and show its value as far as detecting weapons, it may carry forward to other cities.”
Unlike Arizona, you must be licensed to carry a concealed firearm in Florida, and even if you are, there are many places you still won’t be able to, including places that sell alcohol.
“Even in a jurisdiction like Phoenix, there are both places where you don’t want weapons going in and types of weapons you don’t want going into those places,” Cronin said. “I’m quite sure you will see us in Arizona. Hopefully before the end of this year.”
When it comes to cost, Patriot One Technologies is right around $10,000, a fraction of the cost of some of the body scanners in airports now, each costing nearly $200,000.