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“The financial risk of gun violence is too large to not address.”

- Fortune 500 CEO

Gun Detection

A Multi-layered Approach to Security

Athena was established to prevent mass shootings; our mission is to save lives. We started Athena by leveraging technology that used existing security cameras and AI software to detect visible weapons. Soon after, we expanded to concealed gun detection through high sensitivity infrared thermal sensors that act as an additional deterrent and additional method of finding concealed objects. Through our Gun Detection Systems, we can help stop crime in its tracks.


What’s Included in Athena’s Gun Detection Systems

Concealed Gun Detection

Athena's Concealed Gun Detection System leverages similar technology to our Elevated Temperature Detection System, except you can use two 384pixel thermal cameras to get both the back and front of someone's body. The thermal imaging cameras convert the energy in the infrared wavelength into a visible light display; all objects above absolute zero emit thermal infrared energy, so thermal cameras can passively see all objects, regardless of ambient light. When there is a concealed object under a person's clothing, the thermal camera can possibly see the object, if the temperature differentiation is greater than the sensitivity of the imager. This technology is reliant on the difference in temperature of the object vs radiant infrared thermal emanating from the body printing on the clothing. For this system we still utilize an iPad for the visual camera and computer, as well as an HSRP to maintain accuracy in ambient temperature.

How to Test Athena's Concealed Gun Detection System: First, record Ambient Temperature (Ie. air temperature); it works best in rooms 65 - 75 degrees F. Next, record the gun barrel temperature - we assume that the object is closer to the room temperature than human body temperature. Our system currently works with one layer of cotton or less.

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Visible Gun Detection

Athena’s Visible Gun Detection System is the basis for how our company was established. It leverages existing security cameras a company has already set up, and either a Tower or Rackmount Appliance to store the camera streams and the AI software that detects when someone pulls out a gun. Athena has ‘trained’ the AI to detect over 900 different guns.

Software Features


Athena’s Elevated Temperature Detection System Can:

  • Send alerts from different cameras to a VMS system

  • Send alerts to a user that has control over multiple cameras

  • Send alerts from all cameras to one user

  • Create a group of users to send alerts

  • Add a camera to the management system

  • Use an Android App to receive alert notifications

  • Integrate into a third party API

  • Be deployed three ways: standalone, cloud, and on-prem

  • Auto-configure to read the blackbody in order to avoid manual calibration – touchless configuration

  • Use enterprise management alerts that can assign different cameras to different users, and one user can see all the alerts

  • Be configured from the cloud

  • Be configured to HIPPA-compliant settings

  • Be used as a SAAS (software as a service)

  • Upgrade and update automatically

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Visible Gun Detection: The accuracy of the system may depend on many factors, such as the cameras being used in conjunction with the system, the distance of the weapon from the camera, and the light condition of the environment. The following list provides some system specifications and environmental factors that are necessary in order to obtain a similar level of accuracy as described in the tests above when using the Athena Security’s Gun Detection System: a camera with a range between 30 feet and 300 feet should be used, 100 pixels or more should be on the target, a lighting of 140 Lux or more should be in the environment, 60% of the weapon should be visible to the camera, and a camera capable of capturing eight frames per second or more should be used. A three second delay should also be expected before the system will provide an alert after it detects a potential threat.

Concealed Gun Detection: Subjects must come to a complete stop and raise their arms (to form a 'T') for best results. Furthermore, all jackets, hoodies, and outwear must be removed; the system's thermal sensitivity is only designed to work through one layer of cotton or less. It is meant for a normal indoor temperature range as well as climates conducive to metal guns to conduct the cold from the ambient temperature. The system is currently focused on the upper body and torso. If the camera frame is cut off, there is no chance in getting a detection. Additional thermal cameras are required for more full coverage. The accuracy of the system is currently 50-70% depending on the thickness of the clothing, how much blur there is due to movement, as well as the angle. of the weapon as it faces the camera.