How Does a Weapon Detection System Work?

There’s no doubt as to why many businesses require weapon detection systems, whether that’s to protect the employees, customers, or assets of the business. This is more common in those industries in which large amounts of cash are handled, such as in banks. Utilizing one or several weapon detection systems can protect both the health and wealth of all those in a building.

Many of you may be wondering how exactly covert weapon detection systems work, as weapons have changed dramatically in recent years. With the recent advent of 3D printing becoming accessible, many have concerns about 3D printed guns and other such weaponry. While these may have fooled older metal detection systems, modern weapon detection utilizes different technology.

Here is a brief overview of how a modern weapon detection system works.

Out With the Old

Modern weapon detection systems are leaps and bounds from their counterparts of only a decade ago. Those old systems would often rely on each individual intending to enter a building to pass through a scan, and in some cases have their belongings x-rayed, like in airports. These systems were clunky, and often required technicians close at hand for when problems did arise. They also weren’t as effective as we may have hoped, considering the amount of active shooter events that happened during those years. 

There were several downfalls to these old systems which are rectified by modern systems, such as:

  • They would cause traffic jams – these systems would usually only allow one person to pass through at a time. Even with two of these systems, checking thousands of students, for example, would often cause foot traffic jams and unnecessary stress.
  • Multiple staff were required – not only would you need technicians handy, but also several security personnel to guide people through. 
  • They would intimidate people – the purpose of these systems was to make people feel more safe. But when it’s a bulky machine with armed security guards standing around it most people would feel more uncomfortable than without.
  • They would take up a lot of space – many of these old systems would require a large amount of space, as the scanning apparatus would need to allow people of all shapes and sizes to fit. These can take up a lot of valuable space in entrances.

In With the New

In recent years, covert weapon detection systems have dropped the clunky metal detection aspect and instead have utilized more modern technology. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Deep Learning are two key players in modern detection systems, whether for weapons or detecting other things. 

Deep Learning

While many are familiar with AI, Deep Learning may seem a more foreign concept; put simply it’s a computer system which emulates our neural network to allow new information to be gathered and stored. Basically, Deep Learning systems allow computers to learn over time through input such as video feeds from security cameras. What this means for weapon detection systems is a much higher degree of accuracy in recognizing weapons, and also the ability to detect potential threats before they even start. 

These systems are also capable of facial recognition, although many are concerned about their privacy rights in this. Thankfully, many of these systems do not store or even generate images of what they scan, rather breaking things down to binary information.

Utilizing the Internet of Things (IoT)

The IoT is another aspect of modern technology which many may recognize, but may struggle to fully grasp. It simply refers to the interconnected nature of our many modern technologies, and how we can utilize them all together, as with the internet. There are several different technologies which can be utilized in conjunction with contemporary weapon detection systems, including:

  • Microwave Radars which were once only accessible to the military.
  • Liquid-level Measurement which can detect bottled liquid explosives
  • Motion detection cameras and sensors which can be installed completely out of sight
  • Security cameras equipped with Deep Learning technology
  • Automatic door operators to open or close doors remotely
  • Intrusion alarms which can notify you or the authorities discreetly
  • Police scanners which can detect the vehicle speed

The most effective covert weapon detection systems will utilize all of the above technology together to ensure maximum effectiveness. Although simply having a good security system isn’t enough, if you’re concerned about the security of your staff or assets, then a good security policy is also important. 

Covert Weapons Detection Systems

Here at Smart CT, not only do we have experience in setting businesses up with a quality weapon detection system. We also help businesses integrate modern technology such as Deep Learning into their business to improve such things as marketing. Contact us today to see what we can offer your business. 

July 18, 2021

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