Evolv Express weapons detection

Evolv Express is an 'AI-based weapons screening system' that detects guns, knives, bombs and other concealed offensive weaponry at schools, hospitals, sports and entertainment venues, and public events.

Massachusetts-based Evolv Technology, which manufactures Evolv Express, says it uses 'proven' AI and machine learning to enable scanners to create unique 'signatures' of weapons that differentiate them from items such as computers or keys, thereby reducing manual checks and preventing long queues.

System databank

Operator: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools; Six Flags; Spartanburg School District Six; Manchester Arena; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Lincoln Center; Dollywood; Kennywood; Utica Schools Board; Proctor High School
Developer: Evolv Technology

Country: UK; USA

Sector: Education; Media/entertainment/sports/arts

Purpose: Detect weapons

Technology: Computer vision; Object recognition
Issue: Accuracy/reliability; Dual/multi-use; Surveillance

Transparency: Governance; Black box; Marketing

Risks and harms

Evolv Express has met with considerable criticism.

Inaccuracy/unreliability

Dual/multi-use

Transparency

Marketing claims made by Evolv have repeatedly been questioned by independent security experts and others. 

Regulatory investigations

Investigations, assessments, audits

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Type: System
Published: December 2022
Last updated: March 2024