If you’re worried about an active shooter getting into your building, this smart threat detection platform will both send you an alert and block the shooter’s entry

by Brianna Crandall — November 4, 2019 — Intelligent entrance controls company Smarter Security, Patriot One Technologies, developer of the PATSCAN Multi-Sensor Covert Threat Detection Platform, and ReconaSense, a next-gen physical security intelligence and access control company, just announced an integrated solution for covert weapons detection and automated lockdown intended to detect and deter potential attacks, and save more lives. The solution was demonstrated at the International Association of Chief of Police (IACP) Annual Conference and Expo last week in Chicago.

FBI statistics released in April 2019 designated 27 shootings in 2018 as active shooter incidents, and 2019 has seen at least 21 mass shootings prior to October 1. Responses to these threats have included armed security guards, armed teachers, padlocked entrances, metal detectors, bag x-ray systems, and mass notification alert systems. However, the ability to detect and delay active assailants’ progress into a building before they fire a shot or inflict harm remains elusive, say the companies.

The integration of Smarter Security Fastlane turnstiles and Door Detectives with the Patriot One PATSCAN Platform leverages artificial intelligence (AI)-powered technology to solve this problem. Seamless integration with ReconaSense sensors speeds response times and helps to quickly mitigate risk.

The PATSCAN Platform and its sensor components can be covertly deployed to detect visible threats as well as concealed weapons on a body or in a bag. Once detected, onsite security is notified instantly via mobile phone, tablet, or desktop so they can respond quickly and effectively to the situation.

Integrating the solution with Smarter Security and ReconaSense takes it one step further, the companies explain. Once the PATSCAN Platform detects a threat, Fastlane optical turnstiles and Door Detectives can be locked down to bar entry to a potential attacker or contain them in a specific area. The integrated solution can capture key details about the location and individual, as well as provide real-time video that is transmitted directly to security personnel and first responders.

Jeff Brown, CEO of Smarter Security, pointed out:

Security teams continue to struggle with how to intelligently automate the covert detection of imminent attacks without also generating alarms for every laptop, smartphone and metal water bottle that comes through the door. This collaboration offers a powerful, AI-driven solution for active threat detection and automatic lockdown that works in any space, reduces false alarms, and continues to learn and adapt to situations in real time.

Smarter Security’s high-security turnstiles have up to six-foot-tall glass barriers that are over half an inch thick, and tempered and laminated for extra strength, with full-length steel post hinges to support them. They also combine a Toothed Locking Brake to make breaking through this first line of defense extremely difficult.

How it works:

  • When an overt or covertly carried weapon is detected on a pedestrian, the system immediately locks down specific Fastlane turnstile lanes and access-controlled doors protected by Door Detectives or an integrated physical access control system.
  • Customers determine if they want specific lanes or all lanes to lock until the situation is remediated.
  • Once remediated, the Fastlane turnstiles and doors unlock and resume normal flow of traffic.


  • Rest easier with extreme weapons detection accuracy.
  • Provide streamlined pedestrian flow and eliminate redundant queueing with intelligent optical turnstiles.
  • Rapidly respond to threats with instant lockdown.

Martin Cronin, CEO and president of Patriot One, stated:

Working with Smarter Security has been a terrific experience for our Patriot One team. The mission of both companies is to provide innovative, top-of-the-line security solutions to help protect people and their communities. Integrating our PATSCAN Platform with their state-of-the-art entry and the ReconaSense unification platform takes us one step closer to stopping these horrific tragedies before they take place.

New York showcase

Following the IACP Conference, the integrated solution will be on demonstration at the Smarter Security Showroom on Fifth Avenue in New York City.

Click on the product links above for an explanation of the various parts of this integrated threat detection system.

Since 1992, Austin, Texas-based Smarter Security has offered its Fastlane intelligent optical turnstiles, which the company says protect over half of the Fortune 100, along with thousands of commercial and government lobbies on six continents, including many of the world’s most iconic buildings.

Patriot One delivers innovative threat detection and counter-terrorism solutions for safer communities. The PATSCAN Multi-Sensor Covert Threat Detection Platform provides a network of advanced sensor technologies with powerful next generation AI/machine learning software. The network can be covertly deployed from far perimeter to interiors across multiple weapons-restricted facilities. The PATSCAN Platform identifies and reports threats wherever required; car park, building approach, employee and public entryways, and inside the facilities. Each solution in the PATSCAN Platform identifies weapons, related threats or disturbances for immediate security response.

ReconaSense helps protect people, assets, buildings and cities with its next-gen access control and converged physical security intelligence platform. By leveraging AI, ReconaSense identifies and mitigates potential threats and attacks before they happen, giving security teams the ability to go beyond managing data and individual alerts to achieving true situational awareness and rapid response capabilities.