Liberty Defense Holdings, Ltd., a leader in security and weapons detection solutions, is pleased to announce that the company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with FC Bayern München, a German football club based in Munich, Bavaria to beta test HEXWAVE.
Allianz Arena, the home of FC Bayern, has a 75,000-seating capacity and is the second largest arena in Germany.
HEXWAVE uses low-power, radar imaging and artificial intelligence primarily to detect and identify weapons, while enabling a layered defense strategy for a venue, meaning the ability to detect threats at the perimeter of the property without obstructing the movement of large groups of people.
“The reception to our HEXWAVE product has been fantastic and we are excited about working alongside FC Bayern Munich, a team that is a household name in both Europe and North America,” said Bill Riker, CEO of Liberty Defense. “Our ability to deploy in both indoor and outdoor settings, with covert and overt applications, sets us apart and has also been driving increasing interest from the market.”
Product testing in actual facilities, in partnership with organizations such as FC Bayern, are a crucial part of the product development process for HEXWAVE to ensure that the product is aligned to market requirements. Testing in Europe will likely take place following the initial testing in North America.
Beta testing involves testing HEXWAVE in a live environment with the initial Alpha testing to occur at Liberty’s Center of Excellence laboratory in Atlanta, Georgia.
Oliver Meßthaler, head of security FC Bayern München said, “We look forward to working with Liberty Defense to assess the capabilities of the HEXWAVE product.”
“We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with FC Bayern and have them sign on to become the first early adopter in Europe of this advanced technology,” added Riker.
The weapons detections systems market size is expected to reach over US$7.5 billion by 2025, up from US$4.9 billion today, with public venues such as stadiums comprising 20% of the market. Europe alone is expected to make up 24% of this global market, according to a 2018 report from Homeland Security Research Corp.