Information Systems Integration – Tony Messina

Cole Derhammer

Covert gun detection looks to prevent mass shootings

Gun control has been a major topic in the United States recently and many Americans have expressed their opinions at protests. While gun regulations are a reasonable option to make schools and other public buildings safer, Patriot One Technologies is working on a screening system to accurately detect citizens with guns, knives, and bombs on them.

The PatScan system can perform a full body scan discreetly since the hardware can be hidden in walls and ceilings. The CEO has addressed that there are no privacy concerns because the system doesn’t generate any images. Instead it acts similar to a metal detector and informs security if there is any potential of dangerous weaponry. It uses AI to learn information about the types of materials and shapes so it is constantly evolving. There are plans to implement this system in casinos and schools in the near future.

Do you think that this can help lessen the amount and impact of mass shootings? 


Hacking Cryptocurrency







Blockchain is a digital ledger in which transactions made in a cryptocurrency are recorded chronologically and publicly. The attractiveness of this new technology is that it allows users complete financial control since there are no banks or other third parties involved in the process. However, there are some risks that come with purchasing cryptocurrenices such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Ripple.

Due to the rise of cryptocurrencies, hackers have been discovering new ways to breach data. Since blockchain technology is still in the early stages, it is vulnerable to security issues. The article below discusses how hackers have used an app named Coinhive to mine digital currency. In the past few weeks, numerous US and UK government websites have been compromised. Hacking is enticing since the currency is not on anyone’s phones or computers, instead it is held on companies websites alongside many other user’s transactions. Because of this framework, multiple user’s sensitive data have been breached simultaneously. There is now an increasing market for software, services, and hardware to secure blockchain activity and it was estimated that $259 million was spent in 2017 for businesses looking for a solution.

Do you think investing in cryptocurrency is secure? Does it have a bright future? Would you/have you invested in any?


Amazon Go: the store of the future







When the CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, purchased the conglomerate Whole Foods in early 2015, he envisioned an innovative way for consumers to shop at stores. At the end of 2016, Amazon unveiled its plan to implement cashier-less grocery stores across the nation. The futuristic supermarket, Amazon Go, is designed with advanced cameras and technologies that allow customers to pick items and walk out of the store without going through the checkout process. Instead, the items taken from the store will be automatically charged to your personal Amazon Prime account after leaving.

This brick-and-mortar supermarket will eliminate the need for cashiers. According to the article, there are 3.5 million cashiers in the United States who could potentially lose their jobs to automation if Amazon Go is a success. The first store just opened in Seattle on January 22nd and it’s only a matter of time before more start popping up.

Do you think it is economically ethical to implement these types of stores? Would you be interested in shopping at a brick-and-mortar Amazon store? When will Amazon reach its peak?