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The Buzz Surrounding First Responder Technologies Inc. (CSE: WPN)

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First Responder Technologies Inc. develops technologies to prevent and safely defuse public attacks involving concealed weapons.

The technologies designed to assist law enforcement in the performance of their duties and to help ensure their safety and the safety of the general public.

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March 6, 2020 - First Responder Technologies Successfully Demonstrates Prototype of Worlds First WiFi-Based Walk Through Metal Detection Device

First Responder Technologies Inc. a developer of WiFi-based technologies to detect and deter mass shooting and terror attacks involving concealed weapons, is pleased to announce that the Company, supported by engineers from VVDN Technologies Private Limited, successfully completed a major milestone by demonstrating the world’s first WiFi-based walk through metal detection prototype at the UK Home Office sponsored Security & Policing 2020 conference in Farnborough, UK this past week (“UK Home Office Show“).  

A video demonstration of the WiFi walk-through metal detection prototype can be viewed at the following web page: https://www.firstrespondertech.com/walk-through-prototype/

Attendees at the Company’s display booth at the UK Home Office Show, including security professionals charged with protecting some of the world’s most iconic infrastructure, value added resellers and systems integrators, received a demonstration of the device’s metal detection and early warning functionality.   The Company’s senior management anticipates that certain requests for follow up commercial discussions arising out of the UK Home Office Show, may lead to commercial sales as early as the end of 2020, pending the successful completion of the Company’s alpha tester program, further research and development, and product prototyping necessary to enable the launch of a minimum viable product (Beta) prior to the end of 2020.  

“While it still remains early days in the Company’s development, it is my sincere pleasure to work with a gifted team of product development and engineering professionals whose remarkable commitment to disrupting the global security paradigm with an effective, economical and easy to install, WiFi-based weapons detection technology, has resulted in these promising early results,” said Robert Delamar, the Company’s CEO.  

While the Company continues to meet or exceed projected product development milestones of the Company’s WiFi-based weapons detection system, the Company’s technology remains at the research and development stage.

For Full release:  https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/first-responder-technologies-successfully-demonstrates-prototype-of-worlds-first-wifi-based-walk-through-metal-detection-device-874620191.html

Feb. 21, 2020 - First Responder Technologies Provides Letter to Shareholders: Looking Forward With Optimism

First Responder Technologies Inc. (“First Responder” or the “Company”) (CSE: WPN | FWB: 3WK) a developer of WiFi-based technologies to detect and deter mass shooting and terror attacks involving concealed weapons, today provided its shareholders with the following letter and corporate update from Kal Malhi, Chairman.

Dear fellow shareholders:

Momentum is accelerating as we move deeper into the first quarter of 2020. As many of you know, the Company recently signed alpha test agreements with partners in Canadathe United States and United Kingdom. We were also invited to attend the invitation-only UK Home Office Expo (Security and Policing 2020) March 3-5, 2020 in Farnborough UK, where the Company will demonstrate the world’s first WiFi-based walk-through metal detection unit using sensor bollards.

2019 was a year of ambitious stage-setting for First Responder as we positioned our company for the next leap in its evolution, from a highly innovative development company to a commercially viable business. Our goal has been clear from the outset: to establish a successful commercial legacy in the world of weapons detection and product innovation. We would like to thank our early shareholders for believing in the Company’s vision as we continue to develop and innovate our proprietary technology. Your support is an integral part of our goal to build a successful and revolutionary technology company.

The task to transfer innovative concepts from the minds of our team members to First Responder’s drawing boards and from there to tomorrow’s technology products is considerable. Our team is ready and driven to accomplish that goal this year, and we are up to the challenge.

What made us proud in 2019 and make us confident in 2020:

  • we completed our initial public offering for gross proceeds of approximately $4.8 million;
  • our common shares have remained liquid since trading commenced on the Canadian Securities Exchange on January 16, 2020, with approximately 11.4 million common shares traded since that date;
  • we appointed Ambassador (Ret.) Howard Gutman, former United States Ambassador to Belgium and former Special Assistant to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Brigadier General (Ret.) John Jayet, former commander of a number of French Army units, including a military intelligence regiment, to our Advisory Council;
  • senior members of the Company’s senior management team attended Milipol, a homeland security and public safety tradeshow and conference, in Paris, France from November 19-22, 2019 (“Milipol“), as well as the International Security Exposition, a homeland security and public safety tradeshow and conference in London, UK from December 3-4, 2019 (“ISE“); and
  • at Milipol and ISE, the Company logged approximately 200 in‐person requests for follow‐up, from prospective customers and partners, and to date the Company has recorded in excess of 1,000 digital inquiries about its WiFi‐based weapons detection technology from prospective customers and partners.

We view each of these accomplishments as validation of our technology, our team and our progress.

First Responder’s management team recognizes that the first quarter of 2020 has so far been a challenging quarter in the capital markets and, as with most venture company listings, we experienced considerable volatility in our share price. Our mindset is to consistently build the Company, and the stock price will follow. We continue to focus on innovation and product engineering with a solid business strategy.

First Responder was founded with a focus to develop technology that we believe can make the world safer.  We believe that our WiFi-based weapons detection technology is a first step toward realizing that vision.  

Moving forward, we look forward to First Responder hitting key milestones and transitioning to a commercially successful, sustainable business. Looking back on the decision you made to invest with us, I trust you share my conviction and belief that our best days and years are to come. Thank you for your support.

For Full release: https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/first-responder-technologies-provides-letter-to-shareholders-looking-forward-with-optimism-854986280.html

Feb. 13, 2020 - First Responder Technologies to Demonstrate World's First WiFi-based Walk-through Metal Detection Unit at UK Home Office Expo March 3 - 5, 2020

First Responder Technologies Inc. (“First Responder” or the “Company”) (CSE: WPN | FWB: 3WK) a developer of WiFi-based technologies to detect and deter mass shooting and terror attacks involving concealed weapons, is pleased to announce that it will be demonstrating its walk-through metal detection capability using WiFi at the invitation-only UK Home Office Expo (Security and Policing 2020) March 3-5, 2020 in Farnborough, UK (“UK Home Office Expo”).

The UK Home Office Expo is an invitation-only event, sponsored by the government of the United Kingdom, which offers a world-class opportunity to meet, network and discuss the latest advances in public safety and security, a global market worth more than $500 billion USD on an annual basis.

The Company’s demonstration of walk-through WiFi-based metal detection technology (the “Walk-Through Detection Unit”) is the second significant development milestone the Company has achieved (desktop-based system, December 2019) toward its goal of delivering a WiFi-based concealed weapons detection, minimum viable product before the end of 2020.

A WiFi-based concealed weapons detection system represents a multibillion-dollar global opportunity that could represent a paradigm-shift in how security professionals anticipate and respond to mass shooting and terrorist threats involving soft targets, including schools, places of worship, theatres, stadiums and shopping centres.

The Company is working to advance a fully functioning working prototype for release in May 2020, which is expected to demonstrate three basic key functions:

The detection of metal concealed in a bag, or on the person of an individual, passing through the “virtual fence post” bollards (“Metal Detection”);
The estimation of the size and shape of the concealed object (increases probability of weapons detection and reduces false positives) (“Size and Shape Detection”); and
The trigger of an alarm on a laptop or smartphone carried by a person in authority with access to the system, enabling him or her to take defensive action (from interdicting a suspect to locking a door) (“Early Warning”).

The Walk-Through Detection Unit demonstrated at the UK Home Office event, will showcase both its Metal Detection and Early Warning capabilities, two of the three functions the Company has identified as necessary to complete a properly functioning prototype.

The Company continues a robust research and development effort, involving teams led by global team of PhD-holding physicists and computer scientists at Rutgers University, VVDN Technologies Private Limited in India, and Misty West Energy and Transport Ltd. in Canada, to solve the complexity of the Size and Shape Detection challenge.

For Full release: https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/first-responder-technologies-to-demonstrate-world-s-first-wifi-based-walk-through-metal-detection-unit-at-uk-home-office-expo-march-3-5-2020-824500330.html

Feb. 4, 2020 - First Responder Appoints Star Finance Gmbh To Assist With European Market Development Efforts (Cse:wpn)

First Responder Technologies Inc. (“First Responder” or the “Company”) (CSE: WPN | FWB: 3WK) a developer of WiFi-based technologies to detect and deter mass shooting and terror attacks involving concealed weapons, is pleased to announce it has entered into an Investor Relations Agreement (the “Agreement“) with Star Finance GmbH (“Star Finance“), a Swiss-based company, for European corporate communication services. Star Finance has offices in Steinhausen, Switzerland, and Cologne, Germany.

Star Finance is owned and operated by Michael Adams a communications professional with more than 15 years of experience assisting Canadian public companies with introductions to investors, primarily in Germany and German-speaking Europe. Among other services, Star Finance owns and operates two established investment-focused financial websites and provides information about investment opportunities to its audience through e-mail newsletters, websites and various social media channels in the form of written articles as well as video content.

Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, Star Finance will introduce the Company to Star Finance’s network, audience and subscribers, distribute Company news releases through Star Finance’s channels, and create investment related content on the Company’s behalf.

“This Agreement with Star Finance will assist the Company’s efforts to reach investors in Europe, a key strategic market for the Company’s products.   Following the announcement of the addition of Ambassador (Ret.) Howard Gutman, a former United States Ambassador to Belgium, and Brigadier General (Ret.) John Jayet, a former commander of a French military intelligence regiment, to the Company’s Advisory Council on January 20, 2020, and the listing of the Company’s shares on the Frankfurt exchange on January 27, 2020 (FWB:  3WK), the Company is well positioned to continue the development of its business in Europe,” said Robert Delamar, the Company’s CEO.

Star Finance has advised the Company that it does not hold any direct or indirect interest in the Company or its securities, or any right to acquire any such interest, with the exception of certain discretionary stock options which the Company’s board of directors may, at its sole discretion, grant to Star Finance at any time during the term of the Agreement. The Agreement has a six (6) month initial term, commencing on or about February 1, 2020, at a cost of 6,000 EUR per month, excluding possible prepayment discounts.

For Full release: https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/first-responder-appoints-star-finance-gmbh-to-assist-with-european-market-development-efforts-820477043.html

Jan. 20, 2020 - First Responder Appoints Retired US Ambassador/Former Special Assistant to the Director of FBI and Retired Former Commander of French Military Intelligence Regiment to Advisory Council

First Responder Technologies Inc. (“First Responder” or the “Company”) (CSE: WPN) a developer of WiFi-based technologies to detect and deter mass shooting and terror attacks involving concealed weapons, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ambassador (Ret.) Howard Gutman, former United States Ambassador to Belgium and former Special Assistant to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), and Brigadier General (Ret.) John Jayet, former commander of a number of French Army units, including a military intelligence regiment, to its Advisory Council.

“First Responder’s strategic thought leadership in this space, and operational network in the United StatesEurope and the Middle East, is greatly enriched by having Ambassador Gutman and General Jayet join the Advisory Council,” said Hon. Stockwell Day, PC, Head of the Advisory Council.

Ambassador Gutman acted, during his distinguished career over the past three decades, as a leading American and international lawyer, and served in a number of high-profile appointments for the government of the United States, including Ambassador to Belgium, and Special Assistant to the Director of the FBI for Counter-Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism.  During his legal career he served as a federal appellate court law clerk prior to entering private practise in Washington, DC., where in addition to legal practise, he served as advisor to candidates for President, Governor and the U.S. Senate.

General Jayet commanded, during his distinguished French military career, a number of units of the French Army, including a military intelligence regiment, and was a member of the special forces. His military career included service as a member of the cabinet of French Minister of Defense, and as a defense attaché in the Middle East. General Jayet participated in a number of operational deployments during his career, in some of the world’s worst conflict areas, including deployments to AfricaLebanon and the Balkans.   Among other appointments, General Jayet served as head of the French military attaché organisation, and his career included a particular focus on security and safety procedures respecting the protection of French Embassy personnel and installations.

“First Responder’s ability to conceive and develop products to detect, interdict and deter mass shooter and terrorist attacks is greatly enhanced by the collective law enforcement, military and intelligence backgrounds Ambassador Gutman and General Jayet bring to the Advisory Council,” said the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, Robert Delamar.

Ambassador Gutman and General Jayet will continue First Responder’s efforts, begun at Milipol  (Paris, France) in November of 2019, and International Security Expo (London, UK) in December of 2019, to educate and inform the global security community, with a particular focus on Europe and the Middle East, about First Responder’s leading WiFi-based weapons detection technology and product strategy.

 

For Full release: https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/first-responder-appoints-retired-us-ambassador-former-special-assistant-to-the-director-of-fbi-and-retired-former-commander-of-french-military-intelligence-regiment-to-advisory-council-823406985.html

Jan. 15, 2020 - First Responder Commences Trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE:WPN)

First Responder Technologies Inc. (“First Responder” or the “Company”) (CSE: WPN) a developer of WiFi-based technologies to detect and deter mass shooting and terror attacks involving concealed weapons, is pleased to announce that it will begin trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange (“CSE“) under the stock symbol “WPN” on January 16, 2020.

Initial Public Offering

On January 14, 2020 the Company completed its initial public offering (the “Offering“) of 13,974,186 units (each a “Unit“) issued at a price of $0.35 per Unit. The Offering generated aggregate gross proceeds of $4,890,965.10 pursuant to a prospectus dated November 14, 2019 (the “Prospectus“).

Each Unit is comprised of one common share of the Company (each a “Common Share“) and one-half of one common share purchase warrant (each whole warrant being a “Warrant“). Each Warrant is exercisable into one Common Share at a price of $0.50 per Common Share for a period of twenty-four months from today’s date. A copy of the Prospectus is available under the Company’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Product and Market Development Activities

The Company plans to allocate a significant portion of the proceeds from the Offering to continue its robust research and development program, involving teams in Vancouver, BC led by Misty West Energy and Transport Ltd., at Rutgers University and in New Delhi, India, led by VVDN Technologies Pvt. Ltd., with the expectation that it will bring a prototype of a WiFi-based walk through weapons detection sensor (the “WiFi Weapons Detection Product“) to market in May of 2020, pursuant the timeline disclosed in the Prospectus.

In parallel with its research and development efforts, the Company’s management and advisory team, led by former federal Public Safety Minister, the Hon. Stockwell Day, former RCMP Commissioner Bev Busson, environmental criminologist Dr. Kelly Sundberg, and artificial intelligence researcher, Dr. Steve DiPaola, will continue its efforts to engage and inform security professionals, public safety technology vendors and governments around the world, at events like Milipol, held in Paris France in November, 2019 (“Milipol“) and the International Security Expo held in London, United Kingdom in December, 2019 (“ISE“), about the Company’s efforts to develop its WiFi-based weapons detection technology.   At Milipol and ISE, the Company logged approximately 200 in-person requests for follow-up, from prospective customers and partners, and to date the Company has recorded in excess of 1,000 digital inquiries about its WiFi-based weapons detection technology from prospective customers and partners.   From these past and future sales and marketing efforts, the Company anticipates signing alpha test agreements in advance of delivery of the prototype in May of 2020, and the release of version alpha of its WiFi Weapons Detection Product at the end of 2020, in accordance with the timeline set out in the Prospectus.

“I am pleased that the Company has achieved this significant milestone,” said Hon. Stockwell Day, PC.   “As the lead advisor to the Company, I am watching the technology development timeline closely, as this technology has the potential to make public spaces, such as churches, synagogues, mosques, schools, theatres, shopping centres and sports venues, safer.  When I was in public service, just knowing such a technology was available would have given me comfort that governments and landlords have new options coming to secure public gatherings.”

“Closing this round of funding and going public provides the Company with a unique opportunity to access public capital in furtherance of its primary objective over the next 24 months, which is to deliver to the market a truly disruptive public safety product, which in this time of global insecurity due to the threat of mass shootings and terror attacks, perpetrated by individuals with access to high-capacity firearms, is needed more than ever,” said the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, Robert Delamar.

 

For full release: https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/first-responder-commences-trading-on-the-canadian-securities-exchange-cse-wpn–850846914.html

Jan. 14, 2020 - First Responder Completes Initial Public Offering and Lists on the CSE

First Responder Technologies Inc. (“First Responder” or the “Company”) (CSE:WPN), a developer of WiFi-based technologies to detect and deter mass shooting and terror attacks involving concealed weapons, is pleased to announce that it has completed its initial public offering (the “Offering“) of 13,974,186 units (each a “Unit“) issued at a price of $0.35 per Unit. The Offering generated aggregate gross proceeds of $4,890,965.10 pursuant to a prospectus dated November 14, 2019 (the “Prospectus“).

Each Unit is comprised of one common share of the Company (each a “Common Share“) and one-half of one common share purchase warrant (each whole warrant being a “Warrant“). Each Warrant is exercisable into one Common Share at a price of $0.50 per Common Share for a period of twenty-four months from today’s date. The Warrants are issued pursuant to a warrant indenture dated January 14, 2020 between the Company and its warrant agent, Computershare Trust Company, a copy of which is available under the Company’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

The Common Shares were listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the trading symbol “WPN” on January 13, 2020 and are expected to commence trading on January 16, 2020.

PI Financial Corp. (the “Agent“) acted as the exclusive agent for the Offering. In consideration for the services provided to the Company, the Agent received a cash fee and a corporate finance. In addition, the Company issued non-transferable purchase warrants entitling the Agent and members of its selling group to subscribe for an aggregate of 1,117,934 Common Shares at an exercise price of $0.50 per Common Share until January 13, 2022.

The Company will use the net proceeds from the Offering in furtherance of its business objectives as outlined in the Prospectus. A copy of the Prospectus is available under the Company’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

For full release: https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/first-responder-completes-initial-public-offering-and-lists-on-the-cse-896244016.html

Nov. 26, 2019 - First Responder Technologies Inc. Announces Receipt for Final Prospectus, Conditional Approval for Listing on CSE and Early Market Development Activities

First Responder Technologies Inc. (“First Responder” or the “Company“), a developer of technologies to detect and deter public attacks involving concealed weapons, is pleased to announce that it has filed and obtained a receipt for its final long form prospectus dated November 14, 2019 (the “Prospectus“) from the securities regulatory authorities in British ColumbiaAlberta and Ontario. The Prospectus qualifies the Company’s Initial Public Offering and the distribution of a minimum of 10,000,000 units of the Company (each, a “Unit“) and a maximum of 20,000,000 Units (the “Offering“), at a price of $0.35 per Unit. Each Unit consists of one common share (each, a “Common Share“) one-half of one Common Share purchase warrant (each whole warrant, a “Warrant“). Each Warrant is exercisable at a price of $0.50 per Common Share for a period of 24 months from the closing date of the Offering. The Units are being offered for sale by PI Financial Corp. as agent and sole bookrunner (the “Agent“) on a best efforts basis pursuant to an agency agreement among the Company and the Agent dated November 14, 2019.

In connection with the Offering, the Company has received conditional approval from the Canadian Securities Exchange (“CSE“) for the listing of the Common Shares, subject to the completion of customary requirements of the CSE, including the receipt of all required final documentation and the closing of the Offering. Once final approval is received, the Common Shares will commence trading under the symbol “WPN”. There can be no guarantee that the CSE will accept the listing of the Company’s common shares.

A copy of the Prospectus is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

For full release: https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/first-responder-technologies-inc-announces-receipt-for-final-prospectus-conditional-approval-for-listing-on-cse-and-early-market-development-activities-812381292.html

In the Press

Feb. 13, 2020 - Upcoming Product Promises to Detect Weapons Via Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi — usually associated with Internet connectivity — might soon have another use: detecting guns and knives before they can be used to kill people. That’s the idea behind a product in development by First Responder Technologies, a Vancouver, B.C.-based company. 

The product, which is expected to cost less than $10,000, will be a pair of posts, or bollards, that have Wi-Fi antennas embedded in them. The posts will create a virtual fence between each other that can detect dangerous metal objects in bags around the perimeter of a premises, ideally before the individual carrying the weapon wreaks havoc on the place they’re entering. 

Once the system detects a suspicious object, it will send an alarm to the computer or phone of a first responder or local security agent so that the individual carrying the weapon can be apprehended or so that location-specific security procedures, such as the automatic locking of doors, can be initiated. 

Currently, the product analyzes what is known as channel state information to detect metal. The company is still working on a way to produce “good enough” images so that the system can better sense the difference between, say, the barrel of a rifle and an umbrella, said company CEO Robert Delamar. The final product will not generate high-quality 3-D pictures but will use machine learning for improved detection.

Delamar said his company is aiming to have a prototype ready by May. The product will be tested by schools, police departments and other organizations in various countries, including the U.S. Delamar said he could not reveal any more details about when and where the testing will take place, but he did give an example of a situation the product could address. 

“I’m thinking specifically of the Las Vegas massacre in the fall of 2018,” Delamar said. “Remember, that gentleman brought in multiple duffel bags filled with long guns. And it would be those posts that hopefully would prevent someone like that from carrying a gun into a premises concealed in a bag. That’s the kind of use case that we would be solving for.” 

Delamar added that the product will also be able to detect handguns and large knives. The latter object type is being addressed due to a multitude of machete and knife attacks in the United Kingdom in recent years. 

Smaller metal objects will not be specifically targeted by the product. 

“Your paperclips, your nail files, your small scissors, even smaller knives may not be detected by the system,” Delamar said. “That’s designed on purpose. The goal is to have good enough detection that detects the most obvious harms.”

Delamar said the posts will be easy to install and will not require any Internet connectivity. 

The research behind the product started in 2017, said electrical and computer engineering professor Yingying Chen, who works with a team on the product at Rutgers University. Chen and a number of other researchers produced a peer-reviewed paper in 2018 titled “Towards In-Baggage Suspicious Object Detection Using Commodity WiFi.” The study won the Best Paper award at the IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security. 

According to a Rutgers press release about the study, experiments showed that Wi-Fi could accurately detect dangerous objects 99 percent of the time. However, the accuracy rate slipped to 90 percent when concealed objects were also wrapped in material. Delamar said the goal of current research and development is to make detection more accurate, though he could not reveal any new information about accuracy rates beyond that. 

In addition to detection of firearms and large knives, the research initially focused on detection of explosives. Such a possibility is not off the table for First Responder Technologies, but the company’s focus is currently elsewhere. 

“It’s just not on the road map right now,” Delamar said. “Because the point is people aren’t blowing up schools; they’re shooting them.”

Other emerging technologies for detecting deadly weapons exist. For instance, there is Hexwave, a product from the company Liberty Defense that uses radio waves to produce 3-D images of concealed deadly weapons in real time. But Delamar said Wi-Fi is both cheap and ubiquitous and may not involve as much regulation. 

“Commercial Wi-Fi uses unlicensed spectrum, and as long as we’re utilizing pre-certified chipsets and components, then we should … not (be) required to have a government license to deploy the system,” Delamar said. 

Chen said the research challenge now is getting the product to the point where the size and shape of objects can be identified. She also cited a significant advantage of using Wi-Fi for security: participants aren’t required to do anything outside of their normal behavior for detection to occur. 

On the subject of privacy, Delamar said First Responder Technologies is sympathetic to concerns about technology intruding into people’s lives. The product is intended to only detect certain metallic objects and won’t lead to very sharp images of people’s personal belongings

Additionally, the company views the product as a first step in detecting a potential harm. If a weapon is detected, Delamar said that would establish probable cause in a setting where such objects are banned. 

“You get good enough security and the preservation of privacy and a probable cause … that allows for potentially more invasive surveillance once that probable cause (i.e., the presence of a weapon) has been determined,” Delamar said. “So it’s a nice trade-off. It’s the kind of trade-off that you want to live with in a democracy.”

However, in an article from Ontario-based publication Windsor Star, Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Brian Beamish was not convinced by the company’s privacy argument. 

“Extra skepticism should be exercised about claims that these law enforcement panaceas will have no impact on personal privacy,” Beamish told the Star.

Delamar added that First Responder Technologies doesn’t offer a stance on gun control. It only wants to deal with unlawful possession of objects. 

The company is fairly new, having been founded in 2017, and it began trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange last month. Its entry into the stock market generated nearly CA$5 million, according to a regulatory filing, but it currently has “no operating income.” The highest share price the company has reached is 39 cents.

For Full release: https://www.govtech.com/public-safety/Upcoming-Product-Promises-to-Detect-Weapons-Via-Wi-Fi.html

Feb. 8, 2020 - New technology may prevent mass shootings using WiFi

WiFi connect smartphones and computers to the internet — but it could also help pinpoint where a gunman is before a mass shooting.

First Responder Technologies, a B.C.-based tech company, is developing a product that uses WiFi it says may help locate concealed weapons and prevent terrorist threats.

 

The company claims to secure the interior and exterior of public spaces and buildings by extending detection to the perimeter of a property, covertly detecting threats as they approach vulnerable targets and warning law enforcement and local security of a potential active shooter on premises.

“All we’re doing is hoping to get a magic 10-15 seconds, so that the on-site security officer or police officer get the alert and they can do something about it,” said First Responder Technologies CEO anddirector Robert Delamar.

“Whether that’s something as simple as locking a door or interdicting the shooter.”

Imagine two dark-coloured fence posts, inconspicuous to the public and bad guys, which act as a WiFi antenna transmitter and receiver. A minimum of two posts — more for large areas daisy-chained — would have to be installed around the perimeter of a public place, such as a parking lot.

These posts, a few metres apart, create an “invisible mesh” with the signals pinging back and forth with WiFi speeds ranging from 2.4 GHz to 60 GHz. When a person walks through the signal, the patent-pending technology is able to detect metals of certain sizes and the AI behind it will recognize long guns and knives (though currently not explosives) and determine if it could be a threat.

If that is the case, the system then allows for more invasive surveillance. It will either activate a camera installed in the fence post or nearby CCTV to confirm the identity of the person isn’t someone who should be lawfully carrying a gun, like a police officer.

“The AI we use is trained to tell the difference between a shooter and a good person. There’s also tagging technologies that you can utilize to tell friendlies from bad guys,” said Delamar. “Rather than having full-time surveillance and invading their privacy, what this system allows you to do is activate a probable cause tripwire.”

In milliseconds, the system then fires off an alert to the laptops or smartphones of security on-site or to police.

The patent-pending prototype will begin alpha-testing in May in Canada, the U.K. and U.S. The company is working with New Jersey’s Rutgers University to continue research on the technology.

Former federal public safety minister Stockwell Day is a head advisor on the project.

The company was founded in 2017 by retired RCMP officer Kal Malhi, who wanted to reduce the number of mass shootings. The company saw gaps in technology and security in public spaces and wanted to give security enforcement — cops, security guards, school principals and teachers — that crucial 10-15 seconds it takes for a gunman to run beyond the perimeter of a place to “cause mayhem” in order to stop it.

Delamar said right now, public places — such as stadiums, shopping centres, government buildings schools and places of worship — are open targets for mass shootings.

In 2014, Corp. Nathan Cirillo was fatally shot by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau during a terrorist attack at Ottawa’s Parliament Hill. Delamar said if the First Responder Technologies system was in place, the posts would have been set up around the National War Memorial.

“When that terrorist ran through those posts, there would have been identification of a human being with a weapon and that would have set off the alarm if it was a person that wasn’t authorized to have a weapon in the area, certainly before he got to the building door,” he said.  “If you think of the lawn on Parliament Hill, that’s a perfect example of the 10-15 seconds.”

When the alarm sounds, it could be used in conjunction with existing lockdown security systems — at schools, for example.

Delamar doesn’t believe the fence posts should replace conventional detection of x-ray machines or millimetre waves, such as body scan machines found in airports — which are used to see metal, plastics, ceramics, chemical material and explosives — but those measures usually come at a big cost.

Delamar said a pair of fence posts is priced below $10,000 and because WiFi is unregulated, there are fewer regulatory barriers to make them widely available to the public.

Yet, the big concern with any tech surveillance system is the issue of privacy.

Delamar said the technology respects privacy by only scanning for metal objects without intercepting any images of people or collecting personal data.

“Absolutely, we’re monitoring it, but not personal information. We’re looking for dangerous objects,” he said. “Wifi is good at detecting metal. It is not as good for higher resolution frequency for imaging.”

Security expert Matt Torigian, the former Ontario deputy minister of community safety, said FRT’s prototype is an interesting concept, but more studies need to be done to make sure it’s used “in a way that’s consistent with the expectations of the public.”

“I think there will be a number of public institutions that will want to look into this further,” he said.

“The worst thing is having it taken away because it you used it improperly. That’s what we’re beginning to see with facial recognition. It’s a fabulous tool, but then why has San Francisco and some European communities startied to ban it?”

Ontario Association of the Chiefs of Police spokesman Joe Couto said they’re careful to endorse any product because of privacy and accountability to the public and how it impacts how their officers do their jobs “because ultimately, they’re held responsible for decisions they make.”

The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario Brian Beamish cautioned government organizations, including police services, should be skeptical of the claims made by companies pushing their technology as the solution to complex problems.

“Extra skepticism should be exercised about claims that these law enforcement panaceas will have no impact on personal privacy,” he said.

“Police services must also be convinced that technology provides a legitimate solution to a recognizable problem.  I note that the companies in your email appear to rely on American marketing materials regarding the need to combat concealed weapons.  The unique context of concealed weapons in the United States does not necessary translate to the Canadian experience.”

It’s too early to tell if sports complexes would be open to installing this kind of tech.

Charzie Abendanio, spokesman for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the owner of Scotiabank Arena, said it would not be “appropriate to comment on a security policy question with little information or analysis at this stage.”

As for the argument that society needs less surveillance and better gun control, Delamar said it’s not an either/or as a solution.

“The Bataclan in Paris, for example. Those were mass murderers who acquired firearms and had nothing to do with the gun control debate,” he said. “It was about someone got a gun and was intent on causing harm. We don’t want to get into the politics of gun control.”

First Responder Technologies is still seeking investors after raising $4.8 million for its initial public offering. It began trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange last month.

“This is a new security paradigm,” Delamar said.

“We want to live in a world where we’re not living in a full-time, always on surveillance state. We think this is the happy medium…having security in a democracy.”

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Jan. 27, 2020 - Increasing Situational Awareness and Public Safety with Smart Technology

Mass shootings in the United States have risen sharply in the last five years, creating the need for security systems that can maintain public safety. 

In 2019, there were 417 mass shootings — defined as an incident in which four or more people, excluding the shooter, were shot but not necessarily killed. It appears as if 2020 will, unfortunately, be on the same track.

“Of the 97 mass shootings, 81 percent of the mass shooters used a semi-automatic rifle or pistol,” said sociologist and epidemiologist Lori Post, the director of the Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics at Northwestern. “When a semi-automatic rifle or pistol is used, the death count gets higher.”

The rise in mass shootings and terrorist attacks in the US and abroad has created a global security market that is expected to reach US$532 billion by 2022 due in large part to the increased demand for advanced threat-detection technologies, according to a report by Research and Markets.

It may not be possible to completely eliminate mass shootings like those perpetrated in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, in 2019, but mitigating the risks posed to the public and law enforcement is possible with the right detection tools and information. Innovations in smart technology are improving the ability of security personnel and law enforcement to maintain total situational awareness when securing large public events.

Public safety and situational awareness

Total situational awareness is a centuries-old concept based in military theory. In The Ace Factor,  author Mike Spick pegs situational awareness as the critical skill possessed by ace pilots in the US Air Force. Those fighter pilots with a high level of situational awareness are able to make on-the-spot decisions when reacting to a fast-changing environment. Situational awareness involves three main components: perception of the elements in the environment, comprehension of the situation and projection of future status.

“For law enforcement and security personnel, situational awareness is a concept closely involved with being aware of what is happening around you in a location where there are people that you have a duty to protect. The keys to maintaining that awareness come from a well-secured perimeter and an effective surveillance system,” Kal Malhi, a retired member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the founder and chairman of First Responder Technologies (CSE:WPN), told Investing News Network.

Effective surveillance of large public events can give law enforcement and security personnel the information they need to make on-the-spot decisions to identify and respond to threats, minimizing loss of human life when tragedy strikes. “What we found in our research is that a 10 to 15 second heads up can mean the difference between life or death, particularly in these active shooter situations,” said Malhi. “Modern advancements in smart technologies that allow for the surveillance of a larger perimeter have the potential to provide first responders with that 10 to 15 second heads up.”

Smart technologies emerging to improve public safety

To maintain situational awareness and a well-secured perimeter, today’s law enforcement and security personnel are using smart technologies that allow for the rapid collection of actionable intelligence. “Technology is changing core aspects of how we interact as a society, and as society changes, so too will the tools, techniques, and concepts the men and women of law enforcement use to keep us safe,” wrote Deloitte Consulting in a recent report on The Future of Policing. For the authors, the next century of policing is expected to center on harnessing digital technologies to improve the safety of both officers and the public.

Digital communications systems, augmented reality devices and increasingly small electronic surveillance units are making it possible for officers and security personnel to gain the valuable information required for rapid response. Some of these digital technologies include thermal imaging, radar, augmented reality glasses, smart fences, video analytics and remotely operated aerial drones. Emerging smart technologies such as WiFi-based concealed weapons detection technology also offer further situational awareness solutions for the future of public security.

First Responder Technologies is developing a patent-pending Wi-Fi-based concealed weapons technology solution designed to be deployed in and around the perimeter of soft targets (places of worship, stadiums, universities, theaters, etc.). This solution could be used as a standalone solution or tie into existing security, such as video cameras and gun recognition systems providing a layered defense system. Licensed from Rutgers University, the technology uses channel state information in Wi-Fi signals to detect concealed weapons, allowing first responders to covertly scan and assess subjects as they approach on foot. The technology is considered cheaper to build, safer to use and has fewer regulatory hurdles than contemporary millimeter-wave and cognitive microwave radar systems.

The ability for law enforcement and security personnel to be alerted of a potential threat before approaching a venue will allow them to take actions such as locking the doors and informing emergency services. This technology could be combined with traditional doorway security such as metal detectors and X-ray machines to form a layered increase in the security.

“The complicating factor in making public events like the Boston Marathon safe is their sheer size. Scanning equipment, checkpoints and other technology already familiar from airport screening would not have done much to prevent this marathon attack; instead they merely displace the threat to where the queue for that security screening masses people,” reported Scientific American. “As a RAND Corp. analysis of security at Los Angeles International Airport showed, reducing the time spent in ticket lines and security processing was the single most important variable in reducing the potential number of casualties and injuries from this type of terrorist attack.”

Takeaway

The rise in mass shootings and terrorist attacks needs to be met with swift, effective solutions if law enforcement and security personnel are to mitigate the safety risks posed to themselves and the public. Advancements in smart technology that allow first responders to secure larger perimeters and covertly detect threats are presenting opportunities for law enforcement officers to play a direct role in preventing future attacks.

For Full release: https://investingnews.com/innspired/situational-awareness-improving-public-safety-with-smart-technology/?mqsc=E4107594

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