Austin Tech Company Develops Software to Detect Concealed Guns
With Texas Governor Greg Abbott signing the “constitutional carry” bill into law yesterday, some law enforcement experts are concerned the law, which will go into effect on September 1st, could be a problem.
Now Athena Security, a tech company based in Austin, has developed a thermal device system that can detect concealed weapons according to a report by Austin TV station KVUE.
Athena Security, an Austin-based technology company, uses a heat source reference point (HSRP) blackbody device and a thermal camera to help detect a concealed weapon. The system can also detect body temperature, check for a face covering and ask health screening questions.
The software was originally intended to be used for use in schools to prevent mass shootings. KVUE posted a video showing a demonstration of the technology.
KVUE reports companies may be interested in the software when the permitless carry law goes into effect.
It’s a technology that some businesses may be looking closer at after Texas lawmakers passed a bill making it easier for people to carry weapons.
"We have so many technologies and innovations in our personal lives, in our entertainment world, but not a lot of those technologies have sort of seeped into the workplace," said Emily Whitcomb, director of the National Safety Council’s Work to Zero initiative, which aims to eliminate workplace deaths. "What we are really wanting employers to do is to innovate their safety practices, to adopt technologies such as this, to really help mitigate some of that, that risk."
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