A new security portal is being tested at Toronto Pearson International Airport over the next two weeks.
The walk-through scanner, developed by security company Liberty Defense, aims to detect weapons hidden in high-traffic areas and will be tested in several areas of the airport starting Tuesday.
Pearson is the first airport in Canada to test the new system.
The portal uses a technology called HEXWAVE, which combines 3D radar imaging and low frequency radio signals to detect metallic and non-metallic concealed weapons and other threats.
Persons walking through these scanners do not have to remove any clothes or empty their pockets. The analysis also happens in real time—those passing through the portal will either see a green light and be allowed to proceed, or a red light indicating potential danger.
Bill Frain, CEO of Liberty Defense, told CTV News Toronto in February that the system can distinguish between personal items such as a cell phone, wallet or set of keys and dangerous items such as a knife, gun or pipe bomb.
“What we do is we’re able to detect any type of threat,” he said. “We’re really looking at any kind of anomaly that shouldn’t be on the body.”
He added that the scan does not pose any security or privacy issues.
“We’re just taking body reflections.”
In a news release issued Tuesday, Frein said HEXWAVE will provide additional security at airports, particularly at entrances and other airport perimeters.
“We are thrilled to be working with (the Greater Toronto Airport Authority) as it takes an innovative and forward-looking approach to security and customer experience,” he said in a statement.
HexWave is also being tested at major US international airports, Major League Baseball stadiums, universities and Hindu temples.