Brijot Imaging Systems, Inc. Delivers -- with Passive Millimeter Wave Technology from Lockheed Martin -- World's First Commercial Real-Time Concealed Weapons Detection Camera
ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 15, 2005-- Decorated Four-Star General Barry McCaffrey Calls Product a "Tool to Truly Improve Public Safety" Brijot Imaging Systems, Inc. announces the world's first commercial real-time concealed weapons detection camera, the Brijot Imaging Systems Weapons Detection System (BIS-WDS(TM) Prime). The system uses passive millimeter wave sensor technology developed by Lockheed Martin. Brijot holds the exclusive license to this technology for commercial applications. This new camera system will detect guns, knives or bombs, whether metal, plastic or composite. It is a millimeter wave camera combined with a video camera and special algorithm software, which can interface to other such security devices as door entry systems, video surveillance systems and complex security monitoring networks. Outputs are real-time video, eliminating privacy issues, with visual identification of where a suspicious item is located on a person and electronic alarm notification signaling, identifying up to 50 threats simultaneously. The camera system is completely passive, meaning there are no harmful rays, and it has a range up to 45 feet in distance with lens options. With the introduction of the BIS-WDS Prime, "stand-off" security assessment is now here. There is no need for the person being imaged to stand still or cooperate. The system is "always on," monitoring all persons in its viewing range and subsequently eliminating racial profiling. The BIS-WDS Prime will have its first public viewing at the International Security Conference West, April 6-8, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is affordable, with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $60,000 U.S.
Four-star General Barry McCaffrey serves as an advisor to Brijot Imaging Systems, Inc. Says McCaffrey, "It is highly appropriate that the first real advancement in the protection of persons from truly dangerous weapons comes from our country. It supports our nation's drive to make the world a safer place to live. I am very pleased that Brijot is bringing to the world's commercial and private sectors our country's strengths in technology and product development." At his retirement, General McCaffrey was the most highly decorated four-star general in the U.S. Army. He served as the 24th Mech Infantry Division Commander during Desert Storm, and was then promoted to Lieutenant General and served as assistant to Colin Powell, supporting the chairman as Joint Chiefs of Staff advisor to the Secretary of State. The Pentagon, the Congress and media regularly consult General McCaffrey on issues of security, threat analysis, international drug trafficking and international affairs. General McCaffrey also maintains a current knowledge of trends and developments in the security arena as the Bradley Distinguished Professor of National Security Studies at West Point.
Says Brian Andrew, president and CEO for Brijot Imaging Systems, Inc., "Brijot is fortunate to have partners like Lockheed Martin for our technology base and General McCaffrey for his industry knowledge base. The combination of these strengths along with the Brijot team's skills in developing and manufacturing a product for the commercial sector provide the world with the opportunity to truly have a safer environment in which to live."
The BIS-WDS(TM) Prime system's millimeter wave component is a radiometer, which images the millimeter wave "signature" of objects. The millimeter wave signature is also known as blackbody radiation and is made up of two properties: emissivity and reflectivity. Everything in the universe has a millimeter wave signature, whether living, inorganic, naturally occurring or manmade material. The system images these millimeter wave signatures and processes them via the system's sophisticated software algorithms. The system next compares these images to its database of known guns, knives and assault rifles; these can be made of such materials as metals, plastics, composites or ceramics. If the system can positively identify a gun, knife or assault rifle, it will display a "classification warning" indication. If the image is not a known weapon in the database, but is still of a significant size and millimeter wave signature, the system will display a "detection warning" indication. These warnings occur in real-time, 3/10 second or less, on a full motion video image of the person, indicating where the item is located.
To effectively image the differences in millimeter wave signatures passively -- meaning without radiating a person -- as well as operate both indoors and outdoors, Brijot had to develop sensors with an unparalleled degree of sensitivity. As such, Brijot has achieved a total system-level sensitivity that can distinguish a one degree Kelvin (1 degree K) difference in millimeter wave signatures. Other companies hypothesize that they can achieve a sensitivity of one degree Kelvin (1 degree K) at the sensor component level.
Brijot Imaging Systems is the first and only to achieve a one degree (1 degree) system-level sensitivity. This is a key attribute necessary to deliver a concealed weapons detection system. Brijot Imaging Systems has developed and incorporated into the BIS-WDS Prime numerous other never-before-achieved engineering advancements. For example, the BIS-WDS Prime standard model utilizes just 16 sensors to deliver a six-by-three-foot (6'x3') imaged area at focal points of 10', 20' or 30', which was accomplished with the incorporation of sophisticated software algorithms that significantly enhance the image resolution. The BIS-WDS Prime is also commercially affordable and at 13" wide, 17.9" deep and 27.8" high, is small enough to be wall-mounted or deployed virtually anywhere.
About Brijot Imaging Systems, Inc.
Brijot Imaging Systems, Inc. is led by a management team with many years' experience successfully developing, marketing and creating commercial product success from advanced technologies, and by security-industry advisors like decorated four-star General Barry McCaffrey. The company is dedicated to providing a safe, passive, advanced millimeter wave weapons detection camera. The Lockheed Martin technology used for commercial concealed weapons detection in the BIS-WDS(TM) Prime is exclusive to Brijot Imaging Systems, Inc. Press kit available at: www.brijot.com/press Demonstration available at: www.brijot.com
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Angela D. Kendall
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