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Walk Through Metal Detector

Athena's Walk Through Metal Detector Is 10x Faster Than Legacy Metal Detectors.

Brief overview of Athena’s Concealed Weapon Detection System

Introducing The Athena's Concealed Weapons Detection System engineered to detect a wide range of mass casualty threats like handguns, shotguns, and rifles with out stopping so users of the system can just walk through this medal detector.


Athena's walk through metal detector system passes the Federal Standard for accuracy and is 10x faster than legacy metal detectors.  The system uses multiple sensors to both detect a threat, as well as identify and then ignore harmless personal items, so that people can walk-through without removing phones, watches, belts, batteries, and other personal items. The sensors include magnetometer, induction, lidar, thermal, visual camera, and artificial intelligence technologies. It is turnkey, Athena provides everything software and hardware.  The system can be set up outdoors and can be mobile for event type security. 


The walk through metal detector is designed to scan one person at a time, walking at normal speed, through the pillars and towards the thermal imaging camera. The maximum number of people is about 1 per second, or 3,600 people per hour as the maximum flow rate. The system can be configured to show “Clear”, if nothing is detected and show and say “Not Clear”, if the algorithm detects a possible threat. This alarm can be Auditory, Visual, and the alarm notification can be sent immediately to those who need it wherever they are: Security Operation Center, mobile phone App, computer-based browser, Video Management System (VMS), Access Control, or integrated with other business software.  


Most clients utilize the option to send proactive alerts to a predetermined escalation path, if someone walks in with a weapon. The alert contains the location, date/time stamp, and a visual picture. 


Athena is a workforce multiplier because of its alert system.  Think of it as a grocery store cashier managing 8 lanes versus just one.

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Expect Athena’s System to be a workforce multiplier for searching each person, and improve the operational efficiency of the security team.  This system is best utilized in a concept with an initial triage of single file people through the checkpoint, and if there is an alert, a security professional performs a search.  

For another layer of security, Athena’s Concealed Weapon Detection can be combined with our natural light gun detection to look for brandished guns that are visible and approaching your facility. 


For a layer of bio security you can also have this system detect elevated temperatures similar to Athena’s elevated temperature detection product.

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Security Accuracy

The default security level sensitivity setting on the system is expected to find mass casualty weapons such as handguns, rifles, shotguns, and many bombs. This default setting passes the Federal Standards test 100% of the time. This rigorous testing found the Federally defined target piece, which represents a handgun and is called the “AM7” definition, 100% of the time, in many orientations, from high to low.  The testing is rigorous to ensure a highly capable design. 


The customer has the option to increase or decrease the sensitivity according to the use-case and customer goals.  The system uses security levels corresponding to an international standard.  Customers get to consider what the optimum trade-off is. The default setting is to maximize the likelihood of finding the “AM7” type of handgun (or larger style), while also discriminating and not alerting on mobile phones, keys, common personal items. In order to be able to catch the AM7 Target handgun barrel of hardened steel 100% of the time, and also allow the free flow of common person items is the goal.  In terms of the nuisance rate of false alarms, we have observed that in the average crowd, a rate of about 5%. So in a group of about 100 people going through, we have averaged about 5 that set off the alarm (for a range of reasons)  that do not have a weapon. 

In layman's terms, here are the five options for Security Level Sensitivity Settings: 


  • Large Long Guns Only

  • Medium Long Guns (and also searches for large guns)

  • Small Long Guns (and also searches for medium, and large weapons)

  • Handguns (and also searches for all the above), which is the default setting to find the AM7 characteristics discussed above.

  • Large Handguns (and also searches for all the above) 

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Health and Safety 

The device uses low-frequency electro-magnetic technology, dynamic non-contact detection, and meets EMC electromagnetic radiation standards. It does not harm humans, medical devices like pacemakers, pregnant women, kids, or electronic devices.

Use Cases


VIP Security

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Board Meetings

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Places of Worship

Empty School Desks And Chairs




Hospital Employees


Found in clubs, bars, airports, schools, places of worship, venue event & convention centers, state and local government, hospitals, manufacturing, pawn shops, jewelry stores, and large companies.

Software Features

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Athena’s Walk Through Metal Detector Can: 

The iPad is the processor for the whole system and also can act as a visual light camera if you choose to have a visual light image.  The iPad uses machine learning and therefore we have automated a lot of the setup and configuration to make it easy to set up and operate.  For example we use machine learning with the iPad to auto configure the hsrp unit / black body and also will tell the user if something is turned off in the system. 


Some other features include:


  • Turn body blur on or off

  • Voice activate on or off 

  • Visual picture on or off

  • Thermal picture on or off

  • Auto hsrp configuration 

  • Passcodes for users for user tracking 

  • Users may use Temperature Detection feature

  • Users may use questionnaire feature