Patriot One ‘Weapons Detection System’

A Canadian company has potentially developed radar technology that can identify people carrying weapons at private events or public places without the need for visualization. Patriot One Technologies says their NForce system avoids privacy concerns because, unlike scanners, there’s isn’t a need for a human to review an item’s shape or profile. Instead, near field radar is used to detect concentrations of iron-based metals.

Patriot One Technologies in partnership with researchers from Canada’s McMaster University have developed a solution that employs near field radar in a manner that addresses all the factors outlined above in a cost-effective system that is being developed for commercial application in public locations within a realistically short time-frame.

NForce CMR1000 is a first-of-its-kind covert primary screening device for the detection of on-body concealed weapons at access points including hallways and doorways of weapons-restricted buildings and facilities. NForce is an easily concealed, cost-effective and non-invasive full body scanning technology that is proven, practical and safe.

The CMR1000 offers performance accuracy which significantly reduces personnel needs required for bag checks and secondary screening as security is primarily deployed against identified threats only. NForce provides stand off capability and guidelines to increase first responder reaction times through immediate action integrated directly to access controls. Users manage activities from a desktop computer, mobile application, or as a dedicated alarm for localized alerts.

Patriot One NForce Key Features

  • Small enough for covert hall and doorway installations.
  • Images of the target NOT generated; absolutely no privacy concerns.
  • No subject compliance required. System acquires results on moving targets.
  • Secured locations inconspicuous – not institutional.
  • Time consuming scans not required.
  • Doesn’t require line of sight.
  • Compact and lower cost than millimeter-wave units.
  • Low cost allows for multiple networked units.
  • Weapon profiles updated network-wide regularly.
  • Real-time and entirely computer-based. Human operators NOT required.
  • Early detection reduces inspection team size and buys first responders critical intervention time.
  • System “learns” and continuously perfects its detection ability.
  • Frequencies are aligned with international regulations for safe use of microwave bandwidths.


Technology and applications aside, I have a couple business-related concerns. One, it always rubs me the wrong way when a non-investment related company publishes their stock price at the top of their webpage – as if stock price is their main focus. Not to mention it’s being traded on the highly speculative OTC (penny stock) exchange. Lastly, grey boxes with company lettering and inputs, outputs, switches and dials isn’t important – focus on performance.

However, if the NForce technology works advertised, these concerns are moot – Patriot One has the potential to change physical security screening practices around the world.


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  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Wont work with Glocks.

    • retfed

      Why won’t it work with Glocks? The whole top half of a Glock is steel (at least 70% of its weight), plus the springs, plus the ammunition (brass, copper, and lead).
      That adds up to a pretty dense image.
      I’m with Mr. O’hern, though. I already never go to any gun-free zones, since every shooting inside one has been accomplished by breaching the “security”—either shooting the guy running the scanner or just running through it.
      I’d rather not bet my life on magical thinking.

      • KestrelBike


        • retfed

          In my defense, I didn’t see the “Glock 7” reference here. If I had, even I would have figured it out.
          The reason I posted the question is, quite a few people still believe the “Glocks are undetectable” myth.
          Mea maxima culpa.

      • Vitor Roma

        It’s a joke from a Die Hard movie.

        • Kurt Akemann

          Die Hard 2, to be specific. Made in 1990 and still decently fun to watch. An especially gratifying moment is when the obnoxious reporter gets tased.

        • retfed

          Thanks. I missed the “Glock 7” reference. If I’d seen that, I would have figured it out.

    • ProLiberty82

      Those god damned porcelain Glock 7’s from Germany, it’s a good thing that they cost more than you’ll make in a month so it’s less likely some punk pull one on you!

      • Jack

        Lead in your A*$ or the SH!* In your brains?!?

        • Twilight sparkle

          Have you not seen die hard???

      • I wonder what Gaston’s seventh patent actually was.

      • You’d be surprised what I make in a month.

    • PersonCommenting

      But will it work on toilets? Ive been known to carry a portable toilet at festivals.

  • Xtorin O’hern

    so, ya know, how does this stop the dude kicking in the door with an AR-15 and not inconvenience the people that you wouldn’t have known to be armed in the first place?

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Don’t worry, only minutes after a shows up with a long gun – this system will detect it! Problem solved.

      • Wow!

        Reminds me of those “watching” commercials. “Oh no, I don’t stop mass shooters, I observe them and notify them to the authorities.”

    • pun&gun

      Yeah, I don’t get this either. Presumably a mass shooter is already right where he wants to be by the time this contraption would “go ding when there’s stuff.”

  • JumpIf NotZero

    LOL, near field radar to pick up amount of metal then related to a gun or knife… This SURELY doesn’t have false alarm written all over it!

    • Roper1911

      my boots would set this off.
      my belt would set this off.
      hell- my *teeth* would set this off.

  • john huscio

    Pocket chaff over my holster……

  • Chris

    The description is mostly techno-babble. “Near field” implies the detection region is very close to the antenna – but the illustration shows small antenna housings. So detection range is within inches, not feet. “Radar” implies it emits radio energy which is reflected from the gun. So it is invasive. All radar I know of responds to any conductor, but this one responds to “iron ore.” So is it a magnetic field detector? They are DC or very low frequency AC. Then it only responds to the mass of ore, not the shape, so “weapons profiles” don’t really need updating. None of this makes much sense. Plus, it won’t work with Glocks.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Sounds more like a small scale version of a magnetic anomaly detector similar to what the Navy uses to hunt subs.

    • TimmyStrick

      The extent of “techno-babble” on their website made my antennas perk up (heh). I make a living being able to figure out the fraudsters, and while I haven’t studied their technology in great detail, I am somewhat suspicious.

      Yet, for what it’s worth, this appears to have been developed in McMaster University, which I understand is a well-recognized public research university in Canada. The patent was filed by the university naming two of its professors as the inventors. One of the videos mentioned that the patent was granted in Canada (I haven’t bothered checking), but on the U.S. side, an application was filed and awaiting prosecution. You can see it yourself, by pulling up serial no. 14/751796. It published as 2015/0379356 about a year ago.

      Reading one of their claims, the basic approach appears to be “shoot some electromagnetic waves at a subject, see what comes back, and if what comes back matches a similar wave pattern of what we know where a gun is present, then we generate an alert” This type of heuristics analysis of scattered electromagnetic waves is done in other detection contexts (chemical compositions and so forth, e.g., detecting explosives) so I’m not sure what’s so unique about this.

      • Tom Currie

        Of course a patent does NOT require a working device – only a diagram for a device that the inventor SAYS works. Once a patent has been issued, then it is up to anyone accused of infringement to prove they are innocent in the court of investor opinion.

        None of the technobabble used to describe this device makes any sense – which isn’t surprising considering that the technobabble is marketing puffery intended to entice investors rather than actual buyers. The description also relies on a bunch of marketing-babble designed to appeal to both investors and potential buyers – especially the nonsense about not requiring any human operator – true, the humans won’t be “operating” the device, they just have to stand around waiting for it to tell them that someone somewhere in the area might have some weapon.

        Apparently the inventors do not consider ceramic knives to be any threat at all.

        I find the diagrams for a double width entry and especially the “very wide entry” suspicious. If the pedestrian traffic through the entry is heavy enough to need the space, then it becomes doubtful that the machine plus its human assistants will be able to accurately identify WHICH person tripped the alert.

        I’d love to see that this device thinks of a computer, telephone, or copier technician arriving with his briefcase toolkit!

        Anyone want to bet I could bring a rifle through the device in the trash bin of a typical janitor’s cart.

    • ender

      just like astronomers can use radio waves to detect the composition of objects, you could theoretically do the same on a smaller scale.

      • William Elliott

        Technically they use electromatic radiation, not just radio waves, but the whole spectrum from infrared all the way up through x-rays….including visible light…but now I’m nit picking

  • vbn

    The few elite of Canada and EU tirannies triying to control all the people.Their freedom, their ideology,their violence capability……
    When radar to detect “radicaliced” “refugees”??

    • USMC03Vet

      It’s amazing how they’ll do everything else except actually address the problems they are causing in the first place. It’s almost as though their intentions are creating dangerous situations expecting deaths.

    • joe tusgadaro

      You misspelled “Tyrannies” and “radicalised”

  • SquatchInTheWoods

    That graphic makes no sense. Knives, snubnose revolvers, and subcompacts? All good. Beretta 92? Better call security, looks like McClane’s back again.

    • Ark

      Yeah, obvious BS is obvious. The whole thing reminds me of that one dude’s super-advanced video analysis system that was supposed to automatically identify “threats”, but it turned out later that he was just playing pre-recorded graphics to the agencies he was selling the system to.

      This is basically promising to be that X-ray weapon detection system from Total Recall. I sincerely doubt it will work anywhere near as well as advertised.

      • I have the sudden urge to get my Ahss to Mahs.

    • FarmerB

      I think the graphic is trying to demonstrate a pattern matching algorithm. The image only matchs 11% with a knife, 48% with a revolver, etc. Once it gets to a high confidence level, it alarms. To me, the biggest flaw is going to be orientation of the firearm – firearms don’t look like firearms from every angle. So, they are going to have to deploy a mesh of these things to try and capture multiple aspects.

      I’ve always thought that it should be possible to detect firearms through a different mechanism. Each barrel is a very precisely machined hole in metal, and there must be some mechanism to resonate with each of the popular barrel diameters. If you put out a signal that has a wavelength the same as the barrel diameter, you should be able to detect some resonance. Must be harder than I thought, since it’s not done.

      Probably the major benefit of this dubious machine is the deterrence factor. Whether it stops every gun or not, even if it stops a few, it’s likely to make a lot of people think twice about entering its gaze.

      • raz-0

        Assuming it isn’t just bullshit looking to separate money form fools, I’m really curious how it would deal with say.. a gun in a small metal case like the gunvault nanovaults.

    • AHill

      According to all those interdictory signs I see, the Beretta 92 is the only gun dangerous enough to ban as there seems to be a world wide movement among sign makers to single it out.

  • Bill Jordan

    The Westgate Casino in Las Vegas is installing this system. I forget the timeline, but soon.
    As it is not illegal to CCW inside a Casino. The only thing they can do is trespass you.

    • Pastor Dan

      Maybe not illegal to CCW in a Vegas casino. Casinos are all over these days. My laws aren’t necessarily your laws, and I only visited Jersey once. I swear.

      • Pastor Dan

        Don’t forget Iowa riverboats and various Native American installations. And Indiana, in places. Jus’ sayin’.

        • Major Tom

          Cripple Creek and Blackhawk in Colorado. The first is about an hour’s drive from Colorado Springs and Pueblo, the second is about an hour’s drive up the canyon from Denver (traffic depending).

          • Keiichi

            … replied to the wrong post…

    • Keiichi

      So, that begs the question… will they be required to post “Gun Detection Zone” next to their “Gun Free Zone” sign once they install the system?

    • USMC03Vet

      Interesting. Here it is. I find it hilarious that state laws dictates patrons of an establishment which entire purpose is to rob people must be disarmed.

      • Phillip Cooper

        They don’t like competition.

  • Wd

    The issue from stock perspective is this launched with bought deal so jump in price was really just the paper moving not on merit. Has zero field testing. At minimum two years launch. They currently have field testing MOUs with hotel chain and NH police requested their mobile units. Juniors on the CVE are not akin to US OTC ( a true wild west ). My concern from sitting in on their presentation is unnecessary spend. Not enough on R&D and way too much paper to mgmt ( this asset was put into shell via RTO and thus became patriot one )

  • mosinman

    time to wrap myself in tinfoil

    • GaryOlson

      I was thinking a metallic thread t-shirt or vest or jacket liner. That near field view will become full field fuzz.

  • Kirk Newsted

    Cool. So I can carry a chunk of metal around and eff with them.

  • Mark Apsolon

    I think I will put two large iron balls in my pocket. Then if they stop me I’ll just say its my iron balls of steel f’ed up their detector bada boom!

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    • USMC03Vet

      Whole Foods gonna kick you out when it goes off. Don’t underestimate the insane virtue signaling.

      • billyoblivion

        They can’t kick me out.

        I sexually identify as Iron Man.

        • USMC03Vet

          Man? Down with the patriarchy!

          • BillyOblivion

            I have been in 3 different branches of the military and been a defense contractor on two *other* continents.

            I AM the Patriarchy.

            I just wish it paid better.

  • AZgunner

    Kill it. Kill it with fire.

  • GD Ajax

    Next step is for our defense industry to rip it off. Add more bells and whistles due to due their NIH complex, than come out with an infearor product ten years later.

    • Chris

      NATO provided some ( all ? ) of the original grant for research and development !

  • Keiichi


  • FOC Ewe

    Solid copper projos loaded in aluminum cases in a Scandium frame revolver. Where’s my 4th Amendment?

    • Phillip Cooper

      What is a “projo”?

      • FOC Ewe

        Sorry, I’m an old Artilleryman.

        Projo = Projectile = Boolit ?

        • Phillip Cooper

          Clearly you are no old Arty-man.

          You’re not yelling. 🙂

          Thanks for your service, from a dumb old Grunt…

  • LCON

    Stealth Clothing is coming.

  • pablo4twenty

    I don’t like it because I want to be able to carry everywhere.

    For a courthouse or similar location I wouldn’t have a choice anyway.

  • Tom Currie

    I also note that in the three diagrams showing how this would be installed the guy with the gun is shown walking OUT OF the gun free zone!

  • Lee Attiny

    I invented a system that did this 5 years ago but the technology available at that time only
    worked if the person carrying the gun was naked.

  • TDog

    Patriot One… detecting concealed firearms with the implied intent of keeping them out…

    I think they misread their target audience and/or don’t really know who has appropriated the word “patriot.”

    • USMC03Vet

      It’s Canadian company. They still have royalty on their currency.

      • Joshua

        and that relates to this discussion how?

  • Interesting in a Total Recall way if it actually works, but it sounds an awful lot like an $80million bomb-detecting dowsing rod to me.

  • Lee Attiny

    Having not read a single word of this and going solely off of the diagrams and pictures, I believe this detection system has some major flaws and glaring weaknesses. In the first diagram you can see that for this system to work you not only need a red wifi connection (which is very rare and impossible to see if you’re color blind) but you also have to have all three signal strength bars. This problem is compounded exponentially for wide entry ways where 5 red wifi connections are required, all at full signal strength, or else the whole system fails. Before reading this article I had never even seen one red wifi signal so this company’s claim that they somehow have 5 of them is ridiculous. This whole system is a complete scam just like the Atlantic Ocean and lower case cursive z’s.

    • pun&gun

      Lower-case cursive z is the second biggest lie I was ever told.

    • Phillip Cooper

      -hate myself for asking-

      How is the Atlantic Ocean a scam? I’m looking right at it..

      • B-Sabre

        Or are you? Can you really be sure? It might just be a really big lake.

      • Lee M Attinger

        No. You’re looking at a part of the Atlantic Ocean but where’s the rest of it? Its too big to see all of it at once and it knows this so whlle you’re thinking its hanging out off the east coast of Florida the other 97% of the Atlantic sneaks out of sight, robs your house, knocks up your dog, and uses your laptop to look up disgusting videos that show up in your web history. Its done this to me twice now and I suspect it may have kidnapped my girlfriend because she disappeared shortly after.

        • Phillip Cooper

          Well, It’s hard to argue with this kind of logic. Well said, sir….

  • USMC03Vet

    I don’t see how this is non invasive. It’s still scanning it’s just not blatantly noticeable to the person being scanned. I could see this thing being abused like easily in our perpetually offended culture where companies are salivating at the thought of publicly shaming certain people because they dare use civil rights. The alarm is going to be the f u alarm because I can’t see this being used anywhere that actually would require it because there are already better products on the market for that. Instead I see this as a harassment idea more than anything of value.

    Public locations apparently should be weapons free? Cuckada strikes again.

  • Richard Allen

    Wonder how this works with people like me that have metal body parts. Some steel, some titanium. Guns are made from both metals.

  • Jerry_In_Detroit

    Reminds me of a prank I pulled on a co-worker decades ago. Cut out an outline of a 1911 then pasted it into a manila folder and slipped into the fool’s briefcase as he was leaving on a business trip. I expect the same stunt will work with aluminum foil with this system.

  • thegecko99

    Seems to me that all you have to do to defeat this system is bring in your weapon in pieces over a few day period. Additionally they tout its ability to learn, but don’t address the fact that in order to learn the system has to see threats it has not seen before. Does it alert when its not sure? They claim a success rate of over 90% but what does that mean when confronted with something it has not seen before? Exactly how many guns get through before it “learns” they might be a threat?

  • uisconfruzed

    Nice to see Canada’s invented a metal detector.

  • Bob Barkertor

    Good thing I carry a Pterodactyl bone knife. HAHAHA Patriotone!! Bet you don’t have a dinosaur detection mode!

  • retfed

    I got it already!
    I know the “Glock 7” story. When I wrote my comment, either I missed the comment with the “Glock 7” reference or the comment hadn’t been posted yet.
    That’s my story . . .

  • Capn Jack

    Interesting. With all of the metal in my body this is just another piece of BS

    to put up with.

  • L Cavendish

    concentrations of iron-based metals.- so make things out of aluminum…titanium or other metals and it wont work?

  • Charles Valenzuela

    This is a SERIOUS privacy violation. Their claim that it isn’t a privacy violation is just pure bullshit. They know it is a privacy violation, that’s the reason for the “discrete” size and “covert” description.
    This devious device and its treacherous marketer should be sued out of business.
    When it is marked and visible then it isn’t a “privacy” issue because you can CHOOSE whether to allow this privacy violation or not. What’s next? Something to scan your house and vehicle? “It’s okay because it doesn’t show someone your body shape”. Bullshit.

  • Fox Hunter

    Darpa, Scandia and many other companies and .gov agencies have been working on weapons detectors for decades, i’ve seen the websites on these things since the late 90s. This is the first time i’ve seen anyone actually market these things. Sorry but i dont believe they can determine the shape, or even composition as concealed weapons will be covered by other stuff, and radar has a tendency to bounce of the surface instead of penetrating to the insides, i don’t care how smart their computer is, this thing wont work in real life.