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Corporate Giant Invests in Rapid Weapons Detection Tech

Evolv, which has worked with Oakland International Airport and a transit authority in Southern California, has also started offering technology to screen people for elevated temperatures associated with COVID-19.

by / August 4, 2020

Evolv, a company that offers screening technology for places such as airports, schools, transit stations and concert venues, has received an investment from an arm of the massive hardware maker Stanley Black & Decker.

Massachusetts-based Evolv uses a combination of optical sensors, magnetic fields, millimeter wave and AI algorithms to rapidly screen people — in fact, according to a press release, Evolv Express can work without requiring people to stop or take anything out of their bags. As a result, the company says, the Express can screen 3,600 people per hour, which is many times more than a standard metal detection system.

Evolv has worked with Oakland International Airport, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, schools, venues and other places that routinely host large numbers of people. According to the statement, it has screened more than 50 million people.

As COVID-19 has upended the rules for physical gatherings, the company has also begun offering virus screening via thermal imaging.

The investment from STANLEY Security, part of the Stanley Black & Decker umbrella perhaps known primarily for tool brands such as Craftsman and DeWalt, comes after Evolv had already raised more than $75 million, according to VentureBeat. Previous financial backers of the company included firms tied to Bill Gates and Jeb Bush.

The deal’s terms were not disclosed, but it gives Evolv a large corporate strategic partner.

“Evolv’s innovative, touchless security screening solutions are an integral part of the security industry’s future,” STANLEY Security Global President Matthew Kushner said in the statement. “When paired with data analytics and expertise from STANLEY Security, these solutions will deliver even more value to organizations as they adjust operations and enhance security measures to reopen and stay open safely.”

Since Evolv already uses optical technology, it offers a facial recognition feature to help track down people after they’ve walked past one of its systems. Facial recognition is routinely criticized by civil rights advocates, and this year several large tech companies have walked back their commitments in the field.

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