Athena Security

Athena Security is an American security firm that develops temperature and weapon detection systems. Its technology uses cameras, thermal imaging, low-frequency electro-magnetic technology, and artificial intelligence to detect guns, potential crime such as mass shootings, and those who may have an elevated temperature caused by infection with COVID-19.

Athena Security
FoundersLisa Falzone
Chris Ciabarra
Key people
Lisa Falzone, CEO[1]
Chris Ciabarra, CTO[2]


Athena Security was founded in 2018 by Lisa Falzone and Chris Ciabarra, both of whom co-founded Revel Systems in 2010. The first product created by Athena Security was a gun/weapon detection platform, inspired by the 2017 Las Vegas shooting and various school shootings.[3] By 2019, the system was installed in more than 50 schools, malls, and other businesses.[4]


Athena Security designs weapon and temperature detection systems. Its gun detection system is designed with smart cameras that can detect 900 types of guns and also send video feed to law enforcement if a threat (such as pulling out a gun) is detected.[5] The system can also broadcast loud messages alerting active shooters that authorities are in route to the location. It works as a standalone system or can be used along with existing surveillance systems.[6]

During the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the company transitioned gun detection technology into detecting elevated temperatures to combat the spread of the virus.[7] Thermal imaging is used to scan over 2,000 people per hour who walked past the system, with an accuracy rate of within .2 degrees Celsius.[3]

In May 2022, the company released a walk through metal detector system that detects threats faster than legacy metal detectors.[8] It uses sensors, thermal imaging, low-frequency electro-magnetic technology, and artificial intelligence to detect threats. The system can scan approximately one person per second without the need for them to remove items from their persons such as phones, belts, or jewelry.[9]


  1. ^ Bryant, Adam; Sharer, Kevin (2021). The CEO Test. harvard Business Review Press. ISBN 9781633699526.
  2. ^ Warner, Bernhard. "A.I. security cameras are the latest high-tech attempt to combat mass shooters". Fortune.
  3. ^ a b Davis, Suzanne Majors. "Security company's sensors count people, detect hidden guns". Austin American Statesman.
  4. ^ Shelden, Randall G.; Young, Morghan Velez (10 December 2020). Our Punitive Society. Waveland Press. ISBN 9781478646785.
  5. ^ Reints, Renae. "A New Security Startup Wants to Stop School Shootings with Artificial Intelligence". Fortune.
  6. ^ Pursell, Brennan; Walker, Joshua (15 August 2020). Outsmarting AI. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. ISBN 9781538136256.
  7. ^ Cox, Joseph. "Surveillance Company Says It's Deploying 'Coronavirus-Detecting' Cameras in US". Vice.
  8. ^ Falzone, Lisa. "Austin's Athena Security Launches Next Generation Walk-Through Metal Detection Solution That's 10X Faster And More Accurate Screening For Concealed Weapons". Austin Startups.
  9. ^ "Entryway Security Solution from Athena Security". Facility Executive.

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