Articles by Martin Cronin
Today, 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas. According to estimates from the UN, this number is expected to increase to 68% by 2050. As urban areas become more densely populated, the ability of law enforcement to uphold law and order becomes ever more critical to public security. It’s a challenge that must be constantly reviewed, and issues addressed where needed. One such area is the detection, identification and interception of physical threats, which has traditionally included guns, knives and explosives. Over the last six months, however, this has now evolved into the detection and identification of new, invisible microbiological threats, such as COVID-19. A new approach to physical security Since reports began on COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, the virus has spread to over 188 countries, killing over 790,000 people. When this is set against the unrelenting backdrop of rising terrorist threats, a new approach to today’s physical security is needed to create safer public and private spaces. Globally, tensions are running high. An international health crisis, political tumult and unstable economic environments are creating the potential for a perfect storm for extreme behaviour. Now, more than ever, governments must coordinate with healthcare, security services, and technology providers to pool the expertise needed to deploy innovative detection platforms to address these growing threats. In smart cities, in particular, technology will play a crucial role in addressing both physical and biological/viral threats in order to keep their citizens safe. Technology will play a crucial role in addressing both physical and biological/viral threats Collaborating to advance security systems in smart cities To date, we’ve seen an increase in the number of smart city programmes around the globe; cities that are beginning to deploy innovative technologies for the management and ease of life services. Global spending on smart city initiatives has now reached a total of nearly $124 billion this year alone, an increase of 18.9% over 2019, according to the International Data Corporation’s (IDC) latest Worldwide Smart Cities Spending Guide. However, the growth of urban populations is impacting overall infrastructure and resources and many towns and cities are struggling to keep pace. According to research from Deloitte, just 16% of cities can self-fund required infrastructure projects. As a result, cities are enlisting the support of private partners and governments to advance their smart city agendas. Public-private collaboration is a lifeline for developing effective security systems in smart cities. Decision-makers must coordinate and collaborate with security experts and operators to arm themselves with a comprehensive understanding of how to best implement and integrate innovative, agile, data-driven security systems. They need to work together, with a clear strategy in place, to respond to these growing threats, while improving public safety. Using smart technology for public security and safety The challenge of identifying both physical and invisible threats to meet urban citizens’ needs will demand a security response that is proactive, adaptable and dynamic. As we look ahead to the future of public safety, it’s clear that new technologies, driven by artificial intelligence (AI), can dramatically improve the effectiveness of today’s physical security space. For smart cities, the use of innovative AI and machine learning technologies have already started to help optimise security solutions. Demand a security response that is proactive, adaptable and dynamic Computer vision technology is one such solution that incorporates AI and machine learning into existing video monitoring security (VMS) systems. This computer vision technology enables the detection of visible weapons, such as guns or knives, helping to identify potential threats before an attack occurs. After identifying the weapon, the AI-driven security system can immediately alert onsite security, in real-time, to the location and nature of the incident or potential attack. This allows security and first responders to intervene, possibly before a weapon is drawn and/or used. AI-driven software has also demonstrated great potential for identifying those displaying symptoms of viral or infectious diseases, without requiring physical human contact. By using AI-powered video analytic software with a common ‘off the shelf’ thermal video camera, this new security solution can become a remote video health safety screening tool for the identification of elevated body temperature, as well as face mask and social distancing detection for compliance. Now, with the power of real-time AI software, integrated with current VMS systems, threat objects held by an assailant, whether visible or not, can be identified for immediate security response. This can be done in an effective, unobtrusive way that does not interrupt people’s day-to-day routine, as has been the case with other larger or more overt security solutions; including queueing for physical temperature checks or walking through a metal or millimetre wave detector. While individuals and communities are willing to accept some inconvenience as a result of this new normal, privacy and civil liberties must be maintained, until a potential threat is detected. The future of smart cities in a post-COVID world Look ahead to the future of public security We look ahead to the future of public security in a world where physical and microbiological threats are continually evolving. It is only by adopting a new approach to threat detection that such a wide spectrum of the active assailant attacks can be mitigated. Today’s communities are working this into their smart, connected and safe city models. With AI-driven technology that optimises the efficiency and safety of city operations and public services, its citizens will not only stay connected but will also stay safe. Governments must coordinate with security services, as well as technology providers, to pool the expertise needed to best implement and integrate these innovative technologies for the public good. They need to work collaboratively to ensure smart city projects include solutions to address physical security technologies that addresses theft, civic disturbance, terrorist activities and infectious disease. This, in turn, will make these cities not only smarter, but safer as well.
Patriot One Technologies Inc. (‘Patriot One’), developer of the PATSCANTM multi-sensor threat detection platform, is pleased to announce the appointment of Karen Hersh as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Corporate Secretary, effective immediately. In this role, Ms. Hersh will be responsible for overseeing all financial aspects of Patriot One Technologies Inc., while supporting the Board of Directors on strategic matters relating to the commercial deployment of the company’s PATSCAN platform, corporate development initiatives and capital markets. Mike Barnsley, the current CFO of the company due to retire, will support her transition into the new role, prior to retiring. Supporting PATSCAN platform deployment Karen Hersh brings with her a great deal of expertise in financial management of both public and private companies" “We’re excited to welcome Karen Hersh to Patriot One Technologies, as she brings with her a great deal of expertise in financial management of both public and private companies,” shared Martin Cronin, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Patriot One Technologies, Inc. Martin adds, “Karen’s hands-on CFO experience in financial planning and reporting, corporate governance, business development and operations for start-up and growth stage technology companies makes her the right choice for this key C-Suite position.” Strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions expert He further stated, “She has a demonstrated and proven track record for leading cross-functional teams to achieve business objectives and value creation, which is critical as we continue to execute on our vision and capitalise on the market opportunity before us.” Ms. Karen Hersh joins Patriot One Technologies, Inc. with over 20 years of experience across a broad spectrum of finance activities, including financial reporting, strategic planning and corporate finance, including mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Cyber security technologies veteran She has also held several senior leadership roles in the past, most recently as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for a global private equity company that is focused on cyber security technologies, where she was responsible for mergers and acquisitions, financial reporting, and portfolio management. Prior to this role, Ms. Hersh held the positions of Chief Financial Officer at VIQ Solutions Inc. and Vice President of Corporate Finance & Investment Banking at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC). Ms. Hersh holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and is a Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA). Global deployment of life-saving technologies I am eager to assist the company in bringing its vision to life and creating a world safer from acts of violence on our global citizens" “I’m very excited about the opportunity to work with this passionate team in moving its life-saving technology towards global deployments and success,” said Karen Hersh, adding “When first approached about this role, I was immediately impressed with the approach Patriot One Technologies Inc. is taking with its multi-sensor platform, as being both unique and highly important to protecting our communities.” She concludes by saying, “I am eager to assist the company in bringing its vision to life and creating a world safer from acts of violence on our global citizens.” Moving towards full scale operations Mike Barnsley, Patriot Technologies’ current CFO, has been looking towards retirement, and feels this is the right time as the company moves from start-up to full scale operations with the PATSCAN platform in commercial deployment. Mr. Barnsley will ensure a smooth transition of duties to Ms. Hersh prior to his departure and will serve in an advisory role to the Company. “Today, we say goodbye to Mike, who has been a great influence for me, the board and our management team in steering Patriot One on this first leg of our journey from inception to productisation,” expressed Peter van der Gracht, Chairman of the Board at Patriot One Technologies Inc. Peter adds, “We wish him well in his retirement, but know he will be watching us closely, as he’s been an instrumental part of the company and will want to see success of the PATSCAN platform in saving lives and a way of life in all our communities.”
Patriot One Technologies Inc., is pleased to announce a development partnership with ecoMine Technologies Corporation (ecoMine) to advance ecoMine’s innovative, low-cost, on-the-spot pathogen screening technology, ecoScreen. ecoScreen screening technology ecoMine’s technology platform, ecoScreen has significant potential in this current pandemic, (especially when it comes to enabling the safe return to work across multiples sectors of the economy) as well as a broad range of other pathogen detection applications beyond COVID-19. ecoMine has been selected by Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster (the ‘Supercluster’) as a feasibility project under its recent COVID-19 program, to enable the proof of concept development and prototyping of COVID-19 antigen screens, integrated into a secure digital assurance platform to provide a holistic approach to workplace health and public safety. On-the-spot pathogen screening solution We are delighted to be working with ecoMine, which is allowing us to carry out our mission to create safer communities" “We are delighted to be working with ecoMine, which is allowing us to carry out our mission to create safer communities by detecting threats facing our global citizens,” expressed Martin Cronin, CEO of Patriot One. He adds, “This on-the-spot screening solution, ecoScreen is highly innovative and has the potential to become a significant element within our expanding PATSCAN Platform and will assist our resellers and their end client users to build safe environments within their facilities.” Creating secure data architectures “Partnering with Patriot One Technologies on this COVID-19 Program was ideal,” said Rob Greene, CEO of ecoMine. He adds, “Patriot One is an AI-driven technology firm that has the deep technical expertise to help us create secure data architectures based on our on-the-spot-screening solution, and they have a powerful network of security system integrators able to work with property owners to create safe, secure locations for their staff, customers and partners.”
Patriot One Technologies Inc., developer of the PATSCAN™ multi-sensor covert threat detection platform, is pleased to announce receipt of a purchase order for its PATSCAN multi-sensor covert threat detection platform from its security system integrator/reseller partner Ginter Electrical of Ohio and Mt. Healthy City School District in Mt. Healthy, Ohio. “We’re excited with our growing list of deployments of our PATSCAN Platform with schools and universities across the US, including our work with education clients and Ginter Electrical,” shared Martin Cronin, Patriot One CEO and President. Safer campus and community The PATSCAN Multi-Sensor Covert Threat Detection Platform has been shipped to Ginter Electrical “Through these initial school and university-based deployments, our Platform will provide invaluable data and learnings, which will help each future installation and deployment across a vast array of unique environments and venues. We’re honoured to have been selected by Mt. Healthy City Schools to begin deploying our covert threat detection platform which will help create a safer campus and community for their students, parents and staff.” The PATSCAN Multi-Sensor Covert Threat Detection Platform has been shipped to Ginter Electrical, where they will be joined by Patriot One engineers and Mt. Healthy City School District security and engineering teams to begin testing for deployment of the solution. Specific location of the Platform’s deployment will not be disclosed. Helping K-12 schools become safer “We’re excited to be part of a solution that will help our K-12 schools become safer across America, and working with Mt. Healthy City Schools, an Ohio public school district, makes this even more special to our team at Ginter Electrical,” expressed T.J. Dooley, Ginter Electrical’s Systems Integration Manager. No student should have to walk into a school today and feel like they are walking into a fortress" “No student should have to walk into a school today and feel like they are walking into a fortress. This can create unnecessary anxiety for students who may wonder if their school is safe. The PATSCAN Covert Threat Detection Platform not only is focused on saving lives, but also saving a way of life for our students, and our community.” Multi-sensor threat detection platform "Mt. Healthy City School District is excited and proud to partner with Patriot One and Ginter Electrical for a reasonable assurance of the safety of our students and staff,” express Dr. Reva Cosby, Mt. Healthy City School District Superintendent. “Safety is the most important thing we can provide our students and staff to ensure student success." Following the initial deployment of the PATSCAN Platform at one of Mt. Healthy Schools, Patriot One and Ginter Electrical will work to broaden the deployment of the solution with other schools in the district, as well as with other clients who have expressed interest in the multi-sensor threat detection platform.
Patriot One, developer of the PATSCAN Multi-Sensor Covert Threat Detection platform, is pleased to announce a collaboration partnership with Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC), part of Major League Soccer (MLS), to pilot its PATSCAN platform at Banc of California Stadium. Threat and intrusion detection “We are excited to announce this PATSCAN pilot deployment project with another U.S. major sport franchise,” said Martin Cronin, Patriot One CEO and president, adding “In the New Year, our installation team will begin work with the Los Angeles Football Club and Banc of California Stadium on this important game safety initiative. MLS fans will enjoy an added layer of security while attending their favorite team’s home games in Southern California”. Martin further said, “Our vision is to not only to create a world safe from acts of violence, but also to help save a way of life people have come to expect in their normal everyday lives, and that includes participating in professional sports and entertainment activities with their fellow fans.” PATSCAN Multi-Sensor covert threat detection The PATSCAN Multi-Sensor Covert Threat Detection platform will ship in January 2020 to the security team at LAFC The PATSCAN Multi-Sensor Covert Threat Detection platform will ship in January 2020 to the security team at Los Angeles Football Club, where they will be joined by Banc of California Stadium security and Patriot One implementation engineers to begin the integration and pilot deployment project. Specific location of the Platform’s deployment will not be disclosed. “Customer safety is our number one priority at Banc of California Stadium,” said LAFC Vice President of Information Technology Christian Lau. “We are excited to work with Patriot One to give customers an extra layer of security while attending events at our world-class venue in the heart of Los Angeles.” Stadium security Following the initial pilot deployment of the PATSCAN platform with LAFC at an undisclosed location within Banc of California Stadium, Patriot One will work with the team and stadium management to broaden deployment throughout the complex.
Patriot One Technologies Inc., developer of the PATSCAN™ Threat Detection Platform, is pleased to be selected as the security technology partner for Bleutech Park Las Vegas, a $7.5b Las Vegas Mini-City project that will be the World's first net-zero, smart, connected and safe city. The partnership was announced via a press release by Bleutech Park on Monday, September 9, 2019 and via social media on Friday, August 30, 2019. Prior to these announcements, Bleutech Park Las Vegas held an event on Wednesday, August 28, with key technology partners from around the world who shared their technologies and their excitement for being a part of the ‘Smart Mini-City’ project; a first of its kind in the world. State-of-the-art technologies Distinguished guests learned more about the project and got a first-hand look at the advanced technologies that will be integrated at Bleutech Park Las Vegas, scheduled to host its groundbreaking ceremony in December 2019. The event began with the unveiling of state-of-the-art technologies and new renderings of Bleutech Park Las Vegas by the team of architects and engineers. We are excited because of the foresight to bring Bleutech Park to Las Vegas for its sustainability" KME Architects Principal, Melvin Green began the program with what was echoed by all partners, "We are excited because of the foresight to bring Bleutech Park to Las Vegas for its sustainability. We all have a vested interest in this project, because we have to leave this earth for our kids and their future generations." Bleutech Park Las Vegas CTIO, Bertrand Dano introduced key technology partners, from all around the world, who are making it possible for Bleutech Park Las Vegas to be powered by the sun, wind and footsteps, thereby creating its own energy ‘off-the-grid.’ Use of AI for security and technologies Following the renderings and information shared about its supertrees, representatives from Cisco, Pavegen, Knightscope, Onyx Solar, and Patriot One Technologies demonstrated each of their technologies and their impact into this one-of-a-kind project. From footsteps creating energy, to transparent colourful photovoltaic glass for building structures, to fully autonomous robots powered by the use of AI for security and technologies delivering innovative threat detection and counter-terrorism solutions. "Patriot One is honoured to be selected as the security technology partner for Bleutech Park, a $7.5b Las Vegas Mini-City project that will be the World's First Net-Zero, Smart, Connected and Safe City," shared Martin Cronin, CEO & President of Patriot One Technologies.
Patriot One Technologies Inc., developer of the PATSCAN Multi-Sensor Covert Weapon Detection Platform, is pleased to announce the acquisition of XTRACT Technologies Inc. and all its related interests, assets, and intellectual property for consideration of $6,000,000 and the issuance of 9,422,956 Patriot One common to XTRACT's former shareholders. Subject to certain exceptions based on the business of the Company or the performance of the Company's common share price, the Consideration Shares will be subject to escrow restrictions and released on a quarterly basis over the next twelve consecutive fiscal quarters of Patriot One. The Transaction follows demonstrated success of an ongoing collaborative project between the two firms that was announced in late July 2019. Concealed threat and disturbance detection The XTRACT acquisition is part of an ongoing strategic initiative by the Company to bring together leading-edge technologies and services that will enhance the power of its PATSCAN Platform, which offers a layered, multi-sensor approach to concealed threat and disturbance detection. During this period we've already seen great progress in opportunities for enhanced detection accuracy""Just over a month ago, we announced a development project with XTRACT, and during this period we've already seen great progress in significant opportunities for enhanced detection accuracy" said Martin Cronin, Patriot One's CEO and President. "With new sales opportunities arising every day for a covertly deployed, multi-sensor security solution, integrating XTRACT more deeply into our development and day-to-day operations made perfect sense. We are thrilled to have this highly talented group join our ranks; as they share our vision for creating a world safer from acts of mass violence." Expertise in AI and machine learning The XTRACT team will bring additional leading-edge expertise in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to the Patriot One staff. XTRACT's novel neural network architecture and data fusion techniques are robust, efficient and require less memory than comparable standards. With several strategic PATSCAN deployment initiatives in progress, including with Johnson Controls International and Bleutech Park-Las Vegas announced over the last month, the Company sees this move as both necessary and a key differentiator for its future platform development. Following from the acquisition, former XTRACT Chairman and CEO Kevin O'Neill has been retained as an advisor to Patriot One and been invited to join Patriot One's Board of Directors. Mr. O'Neill has many years of experience investing in growth technology companies, following his early career in investment banking with Merrill Lynch. He has been a private investor and advisor to numerous successful early-stage technology businesses, including, among others, a telecommunications company acquired by Microsoft. Implemented solutions for various clients XTRACT has developed and implemented solutions for military, government, industrial and transportation clientsAs a wholly owned subsidiary, XTRACT will continue to operate as its own business unit and under its current brand name. XTRACT will continue to service existing clients, representing several million dollars in committed contract backlog for 2019, along with new business opportunities as further opportunities are presented. XTRACT has previously developed and successfully implemented solutions for military, government, industrial, environmental and transportation clients. Equally importantly, XTRACT's engineers and data scientists possess security clearance to work on government defence projects. Patriot One also wishes to announce that Jeffery Tindale has resigned from the Board of Directors effective September 9, 2019 but will remain with the Company as Senior Vice President of Capital Markets. "On behalf of the Company, I would like to thank Jeff for his time and dedication to Patriot One's Board since inception," shared Mr. Cronin, President and Chief Executive Officer.