A Home Office funded trial will take place in Stratford station, East London, as part of the government’s continued drive to crack down on knife crime. The specialised technology, made by British company Thruvision, can safely detect weapons including guns, knives and explosive devices concealed under clothing at distances of up to 30 feet.
It works by revealing objects concealed in clothing that block a person’s body heat. By using training and experience police officers will be able to identify objects that could be used as a weapon, without needing physical searches. The technology is already used on the Los Angeles Metro. The initial 5 day trial will be run by British Transport Police, with support from the Metropolitan Police.