Port Tampa Bay will test new security scanners that allow guests to keep shoes on, and not empty pockets

HEXWAVE is able to scan through clothing and bags using radar and artificial intelligence in real-time.

click to enlarge Port Tampa Bay will test new security scanners that allow guests to keep shoes on, and not empty pockets
Photo via Liberty Defense Holdings


People traveling out of Port Tampa Bay may soon be able to skip those long-ass lines, thanks to a new weapons detection system.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, in Spring of 2020 the port will be begin testing a new security technology that detects both metal and non-metal objects, allowing passengers to walk through security screenings without emptying their pockets or removing their shoes. 

Created by Liberty Defense Holdings, HEXWAVE is able to scan through clothing and bags using radar and artificial intelligence in real-time, and then convert the data into 3D images. The AI software then interprets the data, all while the person is simply walking through the detector.

The new technology will be in addition to security protocols already in place. 

“It provides a new way to strengthen our security posture and ensure the safety of all passengers without slowing down the flow of visitor traffic," said CEO and Port Tampa Bay President Paul Anderson to the paper. 

Not only is this new system able to reduce human traffic, but it can also be placed both inside or outside. Liberty Defense Holdings has given clients the option to either use HEXWAVE in a covert-style operation or simply have the detectors on display.

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