menu
Get a daily delivery of PSFK
Subscribe to get a daily digest of new ideas and discoveries and to find out about upcoming events

NYPD Radiation Scanners Also Detect Concealed Weapons

NYPD Radiation Scanners Also Detect Concealed Weapons

High-tech device sees through clothes to highlight guns.

Yi Chen


To tackle the problem of illegal handguns, the NYPD has began testing new technology that uses radiation to reveal a concealed weapon from a few meters away. The scanner can detect gun carried by criminals without having to use the pat-down procedure.

The machine is able to read terahertz, which the natural energy emitted by people and inanimate objects. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly explained that, “If something is obstructing the flow of that radiation, for example a weapon, the device will highlight that object.”

NYPD-radiation-device-scans

The real-time video image is able to clearly highlight a gun, even if it’s underneath layers of clothes. The NYPD hopes to put the device into use and have it placed in police vehicles or stationary on a street corner.

NYPD-radiation-device

Kelly commented that, “We still have a number of trials to run before we can determine how best to deploy this technology. We’re also talking to our legal staff about this. But we’re very pleased with the progress we’ve made over the past year.”

NYPD

 

{{post.author_display_name}}
  • {{post.date_formated}}
{{post.author_display_name}}
  • {{post.date_formated}}
Read More Tap to Expand
PSFK Writer {{post.author_display_name}}
  • {{post.date_formated}}
PSFK 2015

Live, Work, Play Better
The PSFK 2015 conference experience

NEW YORK, NY | April 16-April 18 2015
Get a daily delivery of PSFK
TREND REPORT

PSFK Labs presents
The Future of Retail 2015

A Manifesto To Reinvent The Store