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Maryland Stadium Authority signs with Liberty Defense Image: MSA

Liberty Defense Holdings Limited – a leading technology provider for concealed weapons and threat detection solutions – has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA) to beta test Liberty’s flagship product HEXWAVE™ at the Camden Yards Sports Complex in the City of Baltimore (US).

The ‘Maryland Stadium Authority’ stated that the MSA is a unit of the State Government that owns and manages the sporting venues at the Camden Yards Sports Complex, which is home to the Major League Baseball (MLB) team Baltimore Orioles and the National Football League (NFL) team Baltimore Ravens. The Camden Yard Sports Complex has seating capacity for approximately 45,000 and 72,000, respectively. Testing with the MSA is planned to begin in Q1 2022 at the Camden Yards Sports Complex in Baltimore, Maryland (US).

Massachusetts (US)-headquartered Liberty Defense provides multitechnology security solutions for concealed weapons detection in high volume foot traffic areas and locations requiring enhanced security such as airports, stadiums, schools, and more. Liberty’s HEXWAVE product, for which the company has secured an exclusive license from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as well as a technology transfer agreement for patents related to active 3D radar imaging technology, provides discrete, modular and scalable protection to provide layered, stand-off detection capability of metallic and non-metallic weapons. Liberty has also recently licensed the millimeter wave-based, High Definition Advanced Imaging Technology (HD-AIT) body scanner and shoe scanner technologies as part of its technology portfolio. Liberty is committed to protecting communities and preserving peace of mind through superior security detection solutions.

The Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA) was established by the Maryland General Assembly 35 years ago to build, manage and maintain quality facilities to retain Major League Baseball (MLB), and return the National Football League (NFL) to Maryland. MSA’s mission has expanded and evolved over the years to include sports marketing, numerous economic studies and construction projects, and programs. To date, MSA has completed $3 billion of projects across the State on-time and on-budget.

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The ‘Maryland Stadium Authority’ further stated that the HEXWAVE uses low-power radar imaging and artificial intelligence (AI) to detect all types of concealed weapons for walkthrough, high throughput people screening that responds to evolving threats and the need for socially distanced contactless security that keeps lines flowing. It can be used indoor and outdoor as part of a layered defense so that threats can be detected early, at the perimeter of the property or at checkpoints, without compromising the enjoyment of fans.

Stated Bill Frain, CEO of Liberty Defense, “One of our key market verticals is sports and entertainment venues, and we are delighted to add Baltimore, home to two premier sports teams at the Camden Yards Sports Complex to our beta testing program. Testing the system in operational facilities helps to ensure that the system is aligned to market needs, and we look forward to generating customer feedback at beta development sites.”

Beta testing involves testing HEXWAVE in a live environment such as the Camden Yards Sports Complex following the initial Alpha testing that is taking place at Liberty’s Center of Excellence for Engineering in Atlanta, Georgia, and at the new company headquarters in Wilmington, Massachusetts (US).

Maintained Vernon J. Conaway, Jr., Vice-President, Safety and Security, Maryland Stadium Authority, “The safety of our guests is paramount, as well as ensuring they have a great experience. We believe this type of threat detection technology is the future of keeping fans safe at events. We are extremely confident in our current threat detection systems and our participation in this collaboration agreement with HEXWAVE is about testing an emerging threat technology to enhance our existing systems. We look forward to testing this exciting new technology at the Camden Yards Sports Complex.”

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