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12 Security Dealer & Integrator / September 2018 Read more about this technology: SECURITY WATCH Tech Report BY JOEL GRIFFIN, EDITOR, SECURITYINFOWATCH.COM power allows the system to work very quickly," Ellenbogen adds. "Using machine learning or AI, we can enable people to walk through quickly, smoothly, unobtrusively and provide an automated red light or green light decision without creating a hassle or bottleneck." The company has added facial recognition as an option through its Evolv Pinpoint solution, which can be used in conjunction with the Edge system to spot people on watch lists or even as a means of access control. "We have custom- ers that want to use the system to create a completely unmanned checkpoint," Ellenbogen says. "As I walk up to it, it would recognize me as an employee, screen me, verify that I'm not carry- ing any kind of threat and then auto- matically open the door." Expanding the Market Evolv has screened more than one million people to date and the com- pany has deployments in a variety of vertical markets, including stadiums, transit systems and even airports. Ellenbogen says crowds and venues are the true the target application for the product. Cost-wise, Ellenbogen says the Evolv Edge system is about one-third the price of airport body scanners but certainly cost more than a typical metal detector. ■ When it comes to detecting fire- arms, explosives and other threats concealed on the human body, the tools available to security end-us- ers are somewhat limited and come with their own set of drawbacks. The most popular option by far remains walk-through and hand-held metal detectors, which can be cheaply and easily deployed in a variety of applications; however, while metal detectors allow for relatively high through- put, their sole purview of detecting quantities of metal means that other threats – such as those posed by plastic explosives – could go unnoticed. On the opposite end of the spectrum are milli- meter-wave body scan- ners like those used by the TSA to screen travelers at the nation's airports. While these machines enable screeners to detect a wider variety of threats, throughput is much slower, the price is significantly higher and people must deal with the additional hassle of emptying their pockets. Evolv Technology may have found a happy medium between the two. Founded in 2013 by industry vet- eran Mike Ellenbogen, who previ- ously headed up CT baggage scanner maker Reveal Imaging, Evolv's goal is to bring a different approach to soft target security. "We wanted to design technology that could fit the needs of locations that have to move a lot of people very quickly and create a safe environment – not necessarily a sterile environment, but a safe envi- ronment to address today's threats (including): explosives, firearms and related weapons," Ellenbogen, the company's CEO explains. A New Method of Threat Detection Evolv Technology's solutions combine firearms and explosives screening with facial recognition Photo: Evolv Technology ■ The Evolv Edge system screens people as they walk between two columns and can produce an analysis of what someone may be carrying in about a hundredth of a second. Similar to the TSA's body scanners, the Evolv Edge solution combines millimeter-wave technology and a number of other sensors to non-in- trusively screen people as they walk through the machine for threats. Unlike the airport body scanners that require people to enter, turn 90 degrees and put their arms in the air while columns scan the entirety of their body to create an image, the Edge system screens subjects as they walk between two columns and can produce an analysis of what someone may be carrying in about a hundredth of a second. "We can effectively eliminate motion blur, so (it) can screen peo- ple as they are walking, and they can walk through with all of the things they would normally carry – backpack, briefcase or a purse," Ellenbogen says. "(It) can screen for firearms, explosives, suicide vests or belts as folks are entering at a rate of about 900 people per hour through one lane. "Using a combination of smarter sensors with a lot of computing

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