Athena Security Says Next-Gen Metal Detector Offers 10X Faster, More Accurate Screening

Athena Security’s Entryway Security Solution includes magnetometer, induction, LiDAR, thermal, visual camera and artificial intelligence technologies.

AUSTIN, Texas — Athena Security announces the launch of its frictionless Entryway Security Solution, which is a multisensor walk-through metal detector allowing for faster flow of pedestrian traffic.

The system uses multiple sensors to both detect a threat, as well as identity, and then ignore harmless personal items so that people can walk-through without removing phones, watches, belts, batteries and other personal items, according to the company.

The sensors include magnetometer, induction, LiDAR, thermal, visual camera and artificial intelligence technologies.

“Society desires a safe and secure world while avoiding the feeling of entering a jail,” says Athena Security Co-Founder and President Lisa Falzone. “Our new walk-through metal detector overcomes this catch 22 allowing for the fast flow of traffic into buildings while providing a high level of weapons detection and security screening.”

“The system automatically tells the difference between a weapon and a cell phone, keys and watches, eliminating the need to divest items required by legacy metal detectors. We see this as a perfect solution for institutions to deter and detect concealed weapons.”

The solution features RFID integration that offers accountability by identifying who is passing through, while maintaining a high traffic flow, according to the company.

Athena says access control integrations provide the ability to open or lock doors or a turnstile depending on the situation. Customers can also view and monitor alerts anywhere in the world from their current VMS security system.

Propeller Airports has installed Athena’s Entryway Security Solution at Paine Field, an airport located in Everett, Wash.

“Propeller Airports began working with Athena Security at the onset of the pandemic after learning about their novel thermal screening system that monitors for elevated body temperatures,” says Brett Smith, CEO of Propeller Airports. “Their system was placed just prior to the TSA checkpoint and allowed us to unobtrusively check people’s body temperatures before passing through security. Having Athena’s system in place not only made our facility safer but continues to be of comfort to our passengers and staff.”

He continues, “Our goal as a passenger terminal operator is to not only offer a seamless airport experience, but to have the safest environment possible. And so, when Athena introduced their concealed weapons detection technology, we did not hesitate to evaluate and install another of their cutting-edge solutions to add yet another layer of protection for our guests. Their technology is revolutionary insofar as it can detect concealed weapons prior to TSA security, something that is safer for all.”

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