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Patriot One Technologies Inc (CVE:PAT) (OTCMKTS:PTOTF) (FRA:0PL) recent spate of announcements demonstrates in no uncertain terms just how welcome its disruptive weapons detection system is among security professionals tasked with protecting the world’s most targeted institutions. Last week, for example, the company announced that a “prominent Jewish Community Center” has elected to install the company’s NForce Weapons Detection System on a trial basis in Miami.
The next day, Patriot One disclosed that it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of North Dakota for a “real-world pilot study aimed at evaluating product efficacy in this active public environment”.
ISC West – Patriot One Panels
The week culminated with the announcement that CEO Martin Cronin and Advisory Board member Governor Tom Ridge would host a panel at ISCWest, which is largest event in the U.S. for the physical security industry, covering Access Control, Alarms & Monitoring, Biometrics, IP Security, Video Surveillance / CCTV, Networked Security Products and more. ISC is where professionals across the industry gather to see new technologies and collaborate on solutions to the world’s most pressing security problems.
At this conference, which runs from April 5th to 7th at the Sands Expo Center, there will be two panels involving Patriot One management.
The first panel, Deter, Detect and Defend Against Today’s Active Shooters, will be hosted by Martin Cronin and will feature panelists Tom Ridge, John Malevich who heads Siemens Security Solutions, and a range of security professionals from civic and university campus police agencies.
A second panel on public security technology will include Michael Rozin, a member of the advisory board who heads Rozin Security, a security consultancy that provides services to various high profile, high traffic sites around the world such as Mall of America.
Patriot One secures UK distribution
But while the penetration of the Patriot One technology in the western hemisphere is a given, considering First Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Tom Ridge’s involvement, the company has also established a beachhead for European distribution through an agreement with Kinetic Six Ltd. of Hereford, U.K.
Kinetic Six is planning to demonstrate the company’s NForce platform at its headquarters in Hereford, as well as at “an iconic central London location”, according to the press release.
The relationship with Kinetic Six happened as a result of the presence on the company’s advisory board of Phil Jones, a retired Lieutenant General of the British Army who most recently served as Nato Chief of Staff, and Andrew Brear, a former British diplomat active in global counter terrorism strategies.
Jewish centers seeing elevated threat levels
The potential installation points for the first commercial deployments of the NForce systems will focus on institutions that are under immediate threat.
Throughout the United States, over 350 Jewish Community Centres and more than 3,700 synagogues have experienced unprecedented rising levels of threats in the last few years.
According to a CNN report, there have been more than 70 bomb threats at Jewish Community Centers, with 60 of those occurring in January across a 30 day period.
“I’ve been in the business for 20-plus years, and this is unprecedented,” said Paul Goldenberg, national director of the Secure Community Network, which advises Jewish organizations on security. “It’s more methodical than meets the eye.”
Schools and Universities are persistent targets
The incidents of shooting attacks at U.S. universities and schools needs not statistical introduction. The tragedies that have engulfed those institutions of learning have been news fodder since the shocking seminal mass school shooting at Columbine, Colorado in 1999. That a school where youth gather to learn should be environments of violence is an abhorrent failure of civilization in its most basic sense.
While some universities are moving toward the idea of permitting concealed weapons as one strategy to offset the risk of mass deaths in the case of active shooters, most research suggests that such a plan would not curb such incidents at all. The smarter option, as has been embraced by the University of North Dakota (UND), involves weapons detection and prohibition – an obviously superior solution, should a reliable technological system be available.
UND is just the first such deployment of the Patriot One Technology platform, and the success of that pilot program would pave the way for mass adoption by educational facilities across the spectrum from kindergarten to advanced post secondary.
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