Liberty Defense is set to test its Hexwave weapons’ detection system at FC Bayern München’s Allianz Arena.
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.
This allows a venue to adopt a layered defence strategy, meaning the ability to detect threats at the perimeter of the property without obstructing the movement of large groups of people.
Bill Riker, CEO of Liberty Defense, said:
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.
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 organisations 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.
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.