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Take a visual tour of the new Hilton-brand hotel in downtown Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, MI– A new six-story hotel opened Monday, Nov. 30, inside the historic Rose Street Market building in downtown Kalamazoo. This week, the Hilton Garden Inn opened the first of three phases of the project, which is set to be completed next year.

In phase one, 54 rooms are available for booking. An additional 60 rooms will be opened in February as part of a second phase, and a third and final phase will bring 106 additional rooms in May, as home suites for extended-stay guests.

Plaza Corp, the city of Kalamazoo and Indiana-based hotel developer Dora Hotel Co. partnered on the restoration project.

The building was originally built from 1913-1915 by famed architectural firm Spier & Rohns, and the structure was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Prior to its time as Rose Street Market, the structure served for nearly five decades as a Masonic temple, and also as a U.S. Army induction center during World War II.

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A plaque talking about the historic Rose Street Market Building in the lobby of the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. The hotel opened up for business on Monday with phase one complete, phase two and three of the hotel will be completed in the coming months. The hotel is located inside the historic Rose Street Market Building at 303 N Rose Street. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)Joel Bissell | MLive.com

The new downtown hotel will have a full-service bar and restaurant in addition to a breakfast buffet. Dining is currently limited to takeout orders due to Michigan’s coronavirus restrictions.

Hilton Garden Inn downtown Kalamazoo

The dining room at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. The hotel opened up for business on Monday with phase one complete, phase two and three of the hotel will be completed in the coming months. The hotel is located inside the historic Rose Street Market Building at 303 N Rose Street. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)Joel Bissell | MLive.com

Also in accordance with current coronavirus restrictions, the hotel requires guests to social distance and wear masks when in public areas. The pool and fitness center are limited to one person or household at a time to allow staff time to sanitize in between uses.

Hilton Garden Inn downtown Kalamazoo

The fitness center at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. The hotel opened up for business on Monday with phase one complete, phase two and three of the hotel will be completed in the coming months. The hotel is located inside the historic Rose Street Market Building at 303 N Rose Street. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)Joel Bissell | MLive.com

Hilton Garden Inn downtown Kalamazoo

The indoor pool at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. The hotel opened up for business on Monday with phase one complete, phase two and three of the hotel will be completed in the coming months. The hotel is located inside the historic Rose

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Downtown Dallas hotel high-rise starts next week

Developers are breaking ground next week on a new downtown Dallas luxury hotel.

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Plano-based Sam Moon Group is building the 283-room JW Marriott hotel on Ross Avenue across the street from the Trammell Crow Center office skyscraper.

The 15-story luxury hotel — one of the first such projects to start during the pandemic – was announced last fall. The 15-story hotel tower will be built on top of a new 10-story parking garage at Ross and Harwood Street.

Designed by Dallas architect firm HKS, the JW Marriott Hotel is the first for the hotel flag in Dallas.

Sam Moon Group and Stream Realty Partners will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the project on Dec. 10.

DPR Construction is the general contractor for the more than $125 million high-rise..

The hotel will take about two years to build.

While the hotel sector has been one of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, several new North Texas hotels have announced start plans in the last few months.

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Renovated masonic temple home to Kalamazoo’s new downtown hotel

KALAMAZOO, MI — Hilton Garden Inn has created a new space for travelers to stop and stay in downtown Kalamazoo. The former Rose Street Market building has been renovated as downtown’s newest hotel.

The Hilton Garden Inn at 303 N. Rose St. opened rooms on Monday, Nov. 30.

The first 54 rooms were available to book as part of the hotel’s first phase of opening. An additional 60 rooms will be opened in February as part of phase two, and a final 106 rooms will open in May, as home suites for extended stay guests.

Working with local developer PlazaCorp, the hotel will also have five retail spaces available inside. The hotel is already planning to be a spot on Kalamazoo’s Beer Week tour and looking forward to being part of the city’s new social zone, director of sales and marketing Kara Kearns said.

The hotel will have a full service bar and restaurant in addition to a breakfast buffet. Dining is currently limited to takeout orders due to Michigan’s coronavirus restrictions.

Click here to see all the photos from MLive’s tour inside the new downtown hotel.

The staff, which currently sits at 15 people, will grow to 60-80 people when all three phases of construction are complete. The hotel will be hiring for positions ranging from bartender to housekeeping, General Manager Chris Bebee said.

In accordance with coronavirus restrictions, the hotel requires guests to social distance and wear masks when in public areas. The pool and fitness center are limited to one person or household at a time to allow staff time to sanitize in between uses.

“When COVID hit, it really hurt hotels,” Bebee said. “We’re looking at studies about when the economy will bounce back and when travel will come back. We’re hoping in the spring people will start traveling again.”

Each room is marked with a sticker after housekeeping has sanitized the room. Guests can scan the QR code and learn about Hilton’s Clean Stay policy. Hilton has identified 10 high-touch surface areas to focus on in addition to sanitizing all hard surfaces in the room and use laundering, Bebee said.

“I really think Kalamazoo is set up to really bounce back quick,” he said. “Even after all this time there’s still a buzz going on in Kalamazoo.”

Guests will share in a little piece of Kalamazoo history as they walk into the 105-year-old building, originally built as a Masonic Temple Building and later home to Rose Street Market.

Premium rooms will feature the building’s most notable feature — large, round windows looking out over Rose Street below.

Plaza Corp, the city of Kalamazoo and Fishers, Ind.-based hotel developer Dora Hotel Co. partnered on the restoration project. The building was originally built from 1913-1915 by famed architectural firm Spier & Rohns, and the structure was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

In partnership with Heritage Guitars, a local guitar-maker formed by former employees of the iconic Gibson guitar factory in Kalamazoo,

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Hotel near downtown Wichita could be used for those who are homeless under proposal

The growing population of Wichita’s homeless could have another place to lay their heads.

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If approved by the Wichita City Council on Dec. 1, millions of dollars in public and private funds will help transform the 316 Hotel near downtown into a 56-unit complex for those who are homeless or vulnerable to becoming homeless, according to a news release from the city of Wichita and Impact ICT — Continuum of Care, which is a coalition of groups, businesses and individuals.

HumanKind Ministries, which was previously Inter-Faith Ministries, will own and operate the location at 1011 N. Topeka.

The project would complement a recently awarded $1 million U.S. Department of Justice grant that includes resources for homelessness in the Broadway corridor.

“The 316 Hotel Project is a rare opportunity,” city of Wichita Housing and Community Services director Sally Stang said in the release. “It allows us to leverage resources to not only provide for the immediate need to de-congregate shelter as a means to slow the spread of COVID-19 but to also secure a long-term asset to provide much needed supportive housing for our community.”

The 2019 Point-In-Time Homeless Count in Sedgwick County reported 593 people that met the definition of being homeless. That’s 20 more people than reported in 2018 report and the highest number back to 2014. Data going back to 2008 shows a high of 634 homeless people in 2011.

In Sedgwick County, there are roughly 320 year-round beds, 123 winter-only beds and an additional 303 “transitional housing beds” for a total of 746 beds dedicated to emergency shelter and transitional housing, according to Wichita spokesperson Megan Lovely.

The hotel project would mitigate the stress existing organizations face in supporting the homeless population.

The owner of 316 Hotel has agreed to sell the building for $2.6 million, Lovely said. Renovations for the studio apartments are estimated to cost another $1.6 million, she said in an email.

The project is expected to be funded with $2 million in city funds, nearly $2.3 million in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act dollars and another $200,000 in private donations, she said.

The hotel was built in 1998 as the Kansas Inn and changed ownership before being put up for sale this year because of under-utilization.

Plans call for using the building as a women’s shelter while renovations are being done. Renovations include “facility beautification,” converting each room into a studio and adding office spaces for social service providers.

If the project is approved, it could be open by January, with renovations expected to be completed by August.

HumanKind has more than 135 years of experience helping the homeless population. It operates a homeless shelter year-round and has three emergency shelters. Those facilities serve between 1,100 and 1,500 people each year.

“The Studios at HumanKind are a natural progression for us, filling a gap in services in our community while complementing our existing shelters and low-income apartments,” HumanKind Ministries president and CEO

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Girl, 16, Is Fatally Shot in Downtown Indianapolis Hotel

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police have arrested a 17-year-old male accused of shooting a teen girl at a downtown hotel on Saturday, officials confirmed.



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Shortly after 1 a.m., police responded to a JW Marriott Hotel after a shooting was reported, officials stated.

“Upon arrival officers were directed to a guest room within the hotel, where they located a female with injuries consistent with a gunshot wound(s),” states a press release from IMPD. “Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services (IEMS) arrived on the scene and pronounced the female deceased at the scene.”



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The Marion County coroner’s office identified the victim as 16-year-old Karla Vasquez, the Indianapolis Star newspaper reported.

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The teen girl’s family has been described as “inconsolable” after they told local TV station WISH that friends and family were celebrating a relative’s 21st birthday on the 20th floor of the hotel.

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“Every room she went into she lit it up,” family friend Alison Gonzalez told the station. “She was the calmest one in the group. She wanted to go home that night. She wanted to finish school.”

Gonzalez told the station she was sleeping beside the victim in bed when she heard the sound of someone cocking a gun and immediately sat up.

“All I remember was just a room full of smoke,” Gonzalez said. “I don’t remember hearing no ceiling falling or anything. So it’s just like where was he aiming and was it really an accident?”

After collecting evidence throughout the night, police announced they arrested the suspect hours later. He faces a preliminary charge of reckless homicide, according to the police press release. His name has not been released.

Anyone with information about this incident should call the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.

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After years of planning, new 304-room downtown Tacoma hotel is open for business

Wednesday morning marked a landmark launch in downtown Tacoma with the opening of the new Marriott Tacoma Downtown hotel next to the Greater Tacoma Convention Center.

“We’re officially open,” said Ben Osgood, general manager of the hotel. “We’ve signed all the documents and the doors are open.”

Osgood spoke to The News Tribune not long after the official 9 a.m. opening.

There was no pomp and circumstance with a large crowd of officials to mark the start, given that Pierce County is now awash in its third surge of COVID-19 cases in the pandemic.

“It’s a little quiet, to say the least,” Osgood said. “But …. we are receiving reservations as we speak.”

For tourism officials, that’s good news.

“This is a big day for Pierce County, and we’re excited to officially welcome Marriott Tacoma Downtown into the Tacoma hotel community,” said Dean Burke, president and CEO of Travel Tacoma – Mt. Rainier Tourism and Sports, via email Wednesday.

Adapting to change

The hotel, with 22 floors and 304 guest rooms, has been a goal for the city since the convention center’s completion in 2004.

The site’s groundbreaking on Aug. 8, 2017, was arranged with the help of a feng shui expert, focused on every celebratory detail down to the date itself to instill good luck on the project.

Fast forward to 2020: Attention to detail now is focused on providing safe service in a pandemic.

Opening plans called for what Osgood describes as a “big pivot” following Gov. Jay Inslee’s new orders to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

“Really, the biggest change that we had to pivot on just in the last three, four days is we are unfortunately unable to open our restaurant,” Osgood said.

Staff had trained for weeks planning for a thriving indoor dining scene.

Instead, guests now can experience a revamped room service with quick turnaround time.

“Our interim dining program … it’s not the traditional room service that you would expect where you get to your room and, an hour and a half after you order, your food shows up on the big metal plate (with) all the fancy dinnerware,” Osgood said.

“This is more on demand, a la carte experience that will be delivered to your room or available for grab and go in the lobby within 15 minutes of your order. So it’s hot and fresh. It competes with your fast casual restaurants. Everything’s in compostable packaging. It’s a really good program, and it keeps it actually very affordable for the guest.”

Other amenities for now are either scaled down or temporarily off-limits, such as the pool, spa and fitness center.

Cleaning, air filtration

Cleaning, another big issue top of mind with guests trying to avoid COVID-19, follows a pandemic protocol.

“Basically, anything that can’t be sanitized in the guest room is removed.,” Osgood said, “and available by request only. We’re going pretty much paperless. So QR codes, compendiums on the TV.”

On-screen “compendiums” are best described as a digital concierge,

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New Marriott Tacoma Downtown hotel is open

The lobby of the new Marriott Tacoma Downtown hotel. The 304-room hotel officially opened Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020.

The lobby of the new Marriott Tacoma Downtown hotel. The 304-room hotel officially opened Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020.

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Wednesday morning marked a landmark launch in downtown Tacoma with the opening of the new Marriott Tacoma Downtown hotel next to the Greater Tacoma Convention Center.

“We’re officially open,” said Ben Osgood, general manager of the hotel. “We’ve signed all the documents and the doors are open.”

Osgood spoke to The News Tribune not long after the official 9 a.m. opening.

There was no pomp and circumstance with a large crowd of officials to mark the start, given that Pierce County is now awash in its third surge of COVID-19 cases in the pandemic.

“It’s a little quiet, to say the least,” Osgood said. “But …. we are receiving reservations as we speak.”

For tourism officials, that’s good news.

“This is a big day for Pierce County, and we’re excited to officially welcome Marriott Tacoma Downtown into the Tacoma hotel community,” said Dean Burke, president and CEO of Travel Tacoma – Mt. Rainier Tourism and Sports, via email Wednesday.

Adapting to change

The hotel, with 22 floors and 304 guest rooms, has been a goal for the city since the convention center’s completion in 2004.

The site’s groundbreaking on Aug. 8, 2017, was arranged with the help of a feng shui expert, focused on every celebratory detail down to the date itself to instill good luck on the project.

Fast forward to 2020: Attention to detail now is focused on providing safe service in a pandemic.

Opening plans called for what Osgood describes as a “big pivot” following Gov. Jay Inslee’s new orders to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

“Really, the biggest change that we had to pivot on just in the last three, four days is we are unfortunately unable to open our restaurant,” Osgood said.

Staff had trained for weeks planning for a thriving indoor dining scene.

Instead, guests now can experience a revamped room service with quick turnaround time.

“Our interim dining program … it’s not the traditional room service that you would expect where you get to your room and, an hour and a half after you order, your food shows up on the big metal plate (with) all the fancy dinnerware,” Osgood said.

“This is more on demand, a la carte experience that will be delivered to your room or available for grab and go in the lobby within 15 minutes of your order. So it’s hot and fresh. It competes with your fast casual restaurants. Everything’s in compostable packaging. It’s a really good program, and it keeps it actually very affordable for the guest.”

Other amenities for now are either scaled down or temporarily off-limits, such as the pool, spa and fitness center.

Cleaning, air filtration

Cleaning, another big issue top of mind with guests trying to avoid COVID-19, follows a pandemic protocol.

“Basically, anything that can’t be sanitized in the guest room is removed.,” Osgood said, “and available by request only.

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Construction begins on downtown Huntington hotel

Construction of a long-proposed hotel in downtown Huntington is underway at the site of the old Town Hall building.

Developer George Tsunis said a new building will go up and the original 1910 building on Main Street and Stewart Avenue will be renovated to make way for a Hampton Inn & Suites. An October 2021 opening is expected.

Tsunis said cleanup of the historic building began in early 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, and construction of the new building commenced in September.

The $24 million project calls for turning the former Town Hall into the hotel’s lobby, breakfast room and gym and using the new building to house the 80 guest rooms.

“I feel very blessed to be able to do this project,” Tsunis said. “I’m able to invest and provide jobs for the community.”

Plans for the hotel were first proposed in 2013 for the old Town Hall. The town planning board that year gave approval to build a 55-room boutique hotel on the site. But by 2018, the building permits expired and the planning board voted to extend conditional approval for the plan until March 2023.

Huntington-based Huntington Village Hotel Partners purchased the property and applied to the town to extend the historic building overlay district designation for a parcel of land east of the approved site to expand to 80 rooms. Tsunis is managing partner of Huntington Village Hotel Partners.

That type of designation gives owners of historic commercial properties and large residential estates the flexibility to explore additional uses for the property other than what’s allowed by the underlying zoning. The flexibility is designed to help preserve historic structures but also put them to use.

The old Town Hall features a four-dial tower clock that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, town officials said.

“This is exciting progress for Huntington’s local economy because the accommodations provided by this boutique hotel will make Long Island’s biggest downtown more convenient to tourists while complementing the shopping, entertainment, eateries and cultural attractions nearby,” said Town Supervisor Chad Lupinacci.

The project has received $2.3 million in property tax breaks over 15 years from the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency. The project also received a sales tax exemption from the IDA of up to $825,814 on the purchase of construction materials and up to $90,881 off the mortgage recording tax.

Tsunis said the COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for many, and will have long-term impact on the hotel, travel and hospitality industry. In August he sought, and received, additional help from the IDA, citing economic fallout from the pandemic. In February, a package of tax breaks was preliminarily approved.

“But everything is going to be OK in time,” Tsunis said. “Were

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Downtown Mpls. getting a new rooftop dining destination

When the Rand Tower Hotel opens in the landmark downtown Minneapolis building of the same name on Dec. 2, the project will feature a pair of dining destinations.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the hotel’s food-and-drink properties will open in stages. First up: Whiskey & Soda, a speakeasy-inspired bar. The street-level spot, which anchors the building’s 6th-and-Marquette corner, will temporarily serve double duty by also acting as the hotel’s restaurant until April. That’s when the Rand Tower Club, the hotel’s fifth-floor restaurant, is scheduled to debut.

Both projects will be overseen by chef Andy Vyskocil, a 12-year veteran of Graves Hospitality who most recently launched the InterContinental Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Hotel.

“I’ve been a part of many openings, but now I’m in the driver’s seat,” he said. “It’s a big step, and it’s what I’ve been training for my whole career.”

Whiskey & Soda will seat 60 (reduced to 30 during COVID-19 restrictions) and its focus is, obviously, whiskey. In the center of the bar is a tower that will showcase dozens of varieties of whiskey.

Vyskocil was on the opening staff of Bradstreet Craftshouse, an early and influential player in the local craft cocktail movement. Located in the former Graves 601 Hotel, the bar took a culinary approach to mixology, and Vyskocil plans to carry that mind-set to the cocktails and alcohol-free libations at Whiskey & Soda.

“I want to be as hands-on with the bar program as I can, and make it a collaborative effort with the kitchen, the mixologists and the sommeliers,” he said. “I want my kitchen staff to be an inspiration for the cocktails, and I want the bartenders and mixologists to be inspired by the kitchen.”

The opening menu will be an all-day, something-for-everyone format that will also be available as takeout. In spring, when Whiskey & Soda segues into its prescribed role as the hotel’s lounge, the menu will evolve into a small-plates framework.

The 120-seat Rand Tower Club will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner in its fifth-floor dining room. An adjacent patio, accessed through large glass doors, will be protected by a dramatic, glass-covered retractable roof, similar to the one at Union Rooftop at 8th and Hennepin.

“You can look straight up and see the building’s architecture,” said Vyskocil. “It’s really exciting.”

The plan is to focus on locally sourced ingredients, prepared through a French perspective.

“This is my hometown, and I was French-trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Mendota Heights,” said Vyskocil. “I like working in the seasons. I don’t want it to be too fussy, I want it to be approachable. That’s what I enjoy cooking right now.”

A historic presence

The 26-story art deco tower dates to 1929 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s the work of Holabird & Root, the Chicago architecture firm that also designed the St. Paul City Hall-Ramsey County Courthouse and the Chicago Board of Trade.

The lobby’s memorable details remain intact, including a curved staircase that seems

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Patriot One’s AI-powered PATSCAN Platform deployed at the Plaza Hotel & Casino in Downtown Las Vegas

TORONTO, Nov. 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Patriot One Technologies Inc. (TSX: PAT) (OTCQX: PTOTF) (FRANKFURT: 0PL) (“Patriot One” or the “Company”) maker of the PATSCAN Multi-Sensor Threat Detection Platform, announces the deployment of its Platform at the Plaza Hotel & Casino.

The Plaza Hotel & Casino will begin its Phase 1 deployment of the PATSCAN Platform, offering increased security and safety for resort guests, staff and partners. In addition to the PATSCAN VRS component of the Platform for the detection of visible and invisible threats, such as weapons, disturbances, elevated body temperature identification and facial mask detection, the Plaza will also deploy Patriot One’s new PATSCAN Multi-Sensor Gateway for concealed weapon detection.

“We’re excited to bring this new innovative, AI-driven threat detection technology to the Plaza,” said Jay Franken, general manager of the Plaza Hotel & Casino. “Popular for a classic Vegas experience and conveniently located at the top of the Fremont Street Experience, the Plaza Hotel & Casino typically welcomes thousands of guests a day. So, we are pleased to be the first in the downtown area to implement new physical and health security solutions to better protect our guests and staff.”

“We’re excited to be working with the Plaza Resort & Casino in downtown Las Vegas,” shared Dietmar Wennemer, President and COO for Patriot One. “Our business development team has been working with a number of Las Vegas resorts and casinos since setting up operations in the city back in December 2017. With the commercialization of our PATSCAN Platform early this summer, and the re-opening of the resorts and casinos, we’re seeing an increase in interest for our solutions, including our elevated body temperature solution, which can assist in identifying potential viral threats. The Plaza has moved quickly, and we’ll begin deploying this quarter for the upcoming holiday season, including the Plaza’s New Year’s Eve fireworks celebration.”

In addition, the Company has plans to undertake a corporate awareness campaign to raise its profile in the U.S. domestic investment community, and has engaged Winning Media, LLC (“Winning Media”) to provide Patriot One with a breadth of targeted digital media and corporate brand recognition initiatives. Winning Media is a Houston, Texas – based marketing agency that specializes in digital and corporate brand marketing services to enhance corporate visibility and retail investor awareness. The agency will handle specific functions of digital distribution of public information relating to the Company. Winning Media and its principals do not have any direct or indirect equity interest in the Company and will not receive any securities of the Company as compensation for their services.

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Patriot One’s mission is to deliver innovative threat detection and counter-terrorism solutions for safer communities. Our 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 &

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