Setup Guide for the Athena Weapons Detection System with CEIA OPENGATE

Modified on Wed, 08 Feb 2023 at 04:16 PM

Weapon Detection Product Item Checklist: Please ensure all items are here for the Weapons Detection System install with CEIA OPENGATE.

1) Controller Tablet and Operator Tablet

2) Thermal Camera (only if doing temperatures replaced with lidar sensor)

3) 1 Stand or mount for each tablet 

4) Camera Power Cable

5) Power Backup Unit (if needed)

6) 20 ft ethernet cable if connecting with ethernet and not cellular 

7) Extension cord

8) USB-C and ethernet adapter

9) Caddie buddy with 3 parts

10) 2 ft ethernet cable

11) Surge, protector,


Steps To Install

1)    Setup the stands or mounts

    ●    Unpack and set up to install

    ●    Adjust height preference.

2)    Assemble caddie buddy/iPad mount:

    ●    Place it on the stand mount and turn it right and left until you hear it click

3)    Assemble thermal camera: (Skip if no temperature detection  and skip 4)

    ●    Place it on top of caddie buddy and fasten it

4) Install and Configure Each Tablet 

a)    IF using Ethernet goto under settings else skip to step 5, select ethernet and ensure manual is selected 

b)    Configure IP

c)    IP address

d)    Subnet Mask

e)    (Caddie Buddy) Lock the four handles to the iPad

f)    Next, plug in the Belkin USB C adapter to the iPad

g)  Step 4 should ship pre-configured from Athena's warehouse.  Only configure IP settings if purchased iPad, not from Athena. 

h)    Then connect a to the Belkin power supply

i)    Connect the red cross-over

j) Plug Red Crossover adapter to the thermal device

k)    Ensure cables are inserted fully.

l)    Connect the Apple-certified power adapter to the Belkin device.

o)    Plug the AC adapter into the back of the thermal camera.


A.    Set up and position poles 28-34 “ apart.

B.    Turn on the M Pole switch near the battery at the bottom of the frame.

C.    The S Pole power switch is on the opposite side of the handlebar.

D.    When both poles are On, it takes 60 seconds for them to configure themselves and pair with each other.  There should be no moving metals or vibration during this 60-second setup period.

E.    The poles will have a Green light on the top LEDs. If there are spiraling lights or red lights after this 60-second setup period, then consult the manual.  Most likely, the poles are not oriented correctly.  The “Transit” side of each pole -

F.    should be facing the other pole’s transit side.

G.    If they do not turn on, power reset the master pole (pole M) by turning it off and on. Use the Opengate app to troubleshoot if the poles do not configure.

H.    Once the poles are synced, you can open Athena Security Weapons Detection System on the tablet.

I.    Make sure that there is not moving metal within 36” of the OPENGATE.  This includes doors and chairs, which could give a false positive.  Every time OPENGATE is moved, it must be turned off, and back on again to recalibrate.

1. Determine your organization’s Goals, Threat Matrix, and Security Operating

Procedures.  Pick your settings based on NILECJ standards according to the threat level for the day.

2. Athena Provides Information On How The System Functions- Athena Concealed Weapons Detection Solution Brief.pdf

3. Component Guides:

a. Apple iPad link

b. Thermal Camera link concealed gun detection | Athena | Entryway Security (


d. Wire and Connections

Camera Power Cable

Red Crossover adapter

20 ft ethernet cable

Extension cord

USB-C and ethernet adapter

2 ft ethernet cable

e. Athena Control Center link -

f. Athena App on iPad


g. Athena Alerts App IOS Entryway Security with Apple IOS App for the Walk Through Metal Detector System | Athena | Entryway Security (

h. Athena Alert App on android Android Mobile App Walk-Through | Athena | Entryway Security (


J. Walk Through Metal Detection / Weapons Detection System App by Athena Security

4. Space Planning and Layout Design



5. Aesthetic Options-

6. How to use Athena Support-


Call-833-928-4362 x 2 (Monday-Friday; 8am - 6pm PT)

Athena Security Help Desk Ticket (website)

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