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Liberty Defense Holdings gets authorization from the Federal Communications Commission

Liberty’s Hexwave product is a walkthrough, contactless threat detection system

Liberty Defense Holdings gets authorization from the Federal Communications Commission
The Hexwave device in action at Pearson. Image via Liberty Defense Holdings.

Liberty Defense Holdings Ltd.‘s (TSXV: SCAN) Hexwave product has been granted an equipment authorization approval from the Federal Communications Commission.

Equipment authorization approval signifies that a device complies with relevant regulations and technical standards. This approval indicates that the device has undergone testing to ensure it operates effectively without causing harmful interference to other devices or networks. The company said on Thursday that this authorization represents another important milestone for its ultrawideband product technology.

Liberty’s Hexwave product is a walkthrough, contactless threat detection system.

HEXWAVE uses millimeter wave, 3D imaging, and AI to detect concealed metallic and non-metallic weapons.  This includes liquid, plastic, and powder explosives, 3D printed guns, and other prohibited items. It employs millimeter wave technology for body scanning and concealed object detection. This technology emits low-power radio waves that bounce off the body and are subsequently detected by sensors.

The company has marketed Hexwave to multiple market verticals, including aviation, courthouses, national labs, prisons, and government facilities.

The Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) administers the equipment authorization program under the authority delegated to it by the FCC.

The FCC ensures that radio frequency (RF) devices used in the United States operate effectively without causing harmful interference.

“This is an important milestone for the new production unit, allowing the company to deliver product to non-government/commercial customers,” said Bill Frain, Liberty’s chief executive officer.

“We continue to receive orders in several market verticals in the commercial space given the Hexwave’s ability to detect a broader range of threats, including non-metallic items.”

Read more: Liberty Defense Holdings security detection portal beta test goes live at Pearson International

Read more: Liberty Defense advanced screening system to be tested at Los Angeles International Airport

Liberty Defense has made waves in 2023

The company has enjoyed a series of successes in 2023.

In October, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) provided Liberty Defense with an additional USD$175,000 in funding.  This expanded the total allotment under this contract to USD$1.9 million. This funding aims to enhance the development of a High-Definition Advanced Imaging Technology (HD-AIT) upgrade kit for testing on passenger screening systems.

That came hot on the heels of a deal the company made with Pearson International in Toronto. More specifically, The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) chose to deploy the Hexwave system at Pearson. The airports authority made the decision based on the results of the two weeks of vigorous beta-testing that the GTAA put Hexwave through in November at the airport.

Prior to that, travellers moving through Los Angeles airports enjoyed the prospects of greater protection due to a deal Liberty Defense struck with Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) for potential in employee screening.

LAWA operates and manages three airports, among which is the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).  In 2022, it served approximately 65 million passengers.


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