Image of groups of people walking quickly

Express

Client: Evolv Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Design for Manufacturing

The first touchless weapons detection system capable of simultaneously scanning groups of people as they naturally walk through without slowing, stopping, emptying pockets, or removing bags.

Awards

2020 Gold Edison Award
2020 Platinum Secure Campus Award: Perimeter Protection
2020 Gold Secure Campus Award: Screening Equipment

With years of experience in the weapons detection industry, Evolv Technology launched the development of a new product to expand their offering and reach a broader market—a system with unprecedented throughput that would enable venues to provide safety for their visitors without compromising the visitor experience.

To realize an interactive demonstration at a fast-approaching trade show, Evolv partnered with us to translate their proof of principle prototype for the Evolv Express™ into a functional, cosmetically-representative prototype.

We began by working with Evolv’s team to identify the top priorities and challenges, understand the intent of the concepts created by their industrial designer, SchmietaPlus, and define specifications for functionality, manufacturability, and reliability.

To apply Evolv’s innovative electromagnetic scanning technology, the engineering team optimized mechanical and electrical performance with the selection of specialized materials and production processes. After assembling and testing the prototypes in our San Francisco office, we shipped the system in custom crates to Evolv where we assisted with reassembly.

Evolution of custom crating

With these prototypes, Evolv was able to demonstrate their technology to thousands of booth visitors with an experience that had been a concept just a few months earlier, substantially raising the value of the business.

Before: units required casters and two individuals to move

In response to user feedback, our teams improved the portability of the units. With an intuitive interaction as a priority, we took into consideration the fundamentals of weight, force, and movement. The resulting experience allows a single individual to both easily maneuver the units and lock them into place.

In order to meet fast-growing demand for deploying the Express in the United States, it had to first meet Federal Communications Commission (FCC) guidelines for radiated and conducted emissions. Working with Evolv’s electrical engineering team, we methodically assessed and reduced emissions, therefore complying with the FCC regulations.

Evolv came to us at a critical point for the company. Our partnership resulted in a remarkable product that serves Evolv’s mission to return confidence and peace of mind to people visiting public spaces.