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NYPD Will Start Testing a New Scanning Device That Can Detect Concealed Weapons

by Diane Pham, 01/25/13

Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo and other New York legislators signed a bill into effect that would place stricter gun-control measures across the state — including a major expansion of the state’s assault weapons ban. Now comes news that the NYPD will soon be implementing a “virtual pat down” technology that allows police enforcement officers to detect concealed weapons being carried by individuals at a distance.

The new machine employs a technology able to read terahertz — the natural energy that is emitted by people and objects. With this terahertz reading police officers will be able to detect if an individual is carrying a weapon without even needing to touch them. “If something is obstructing the flow of that radiation, for example a weapon, the device will highlight that object,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly explained during a police foundation breakfast, as reported by the NY Daily News.

Read more: NYPD Will Start Testing a New Scanning Device That Can Detect Concealed Weapons | Inhabitat New York City.

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