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Steve Surfaro of Security Infowatch interviews Mike Lahiff
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ZeroEyes Featured in SecurityInfowatch.com Day 1 Tech Notes of ISC West

Video Analytics Done With ZeroEyes Vision
Mike Lahiff, CEO of ZeroEyes describes the purpose and process behind their video analytics AI model to SecurityInfoWatch.com. ZeroEyes won honorable mention in their field at the ISC West expo this past week. The company is now fielding interest from the press to learn what makes their team and their product so unique. One of the most striking aspects of this company that sets them apart is the fact that they are lead by former Navy SEALs. This group of dedicated veterans, and committed technology professionals, are seeking to solve one of society’s most devastating problems.

The increase of senseless violence in America, especially within the education system, has been difficult for many to even bare. Nobody has a solution that can completely eliminate the possibility of an attack like this. But, with ZeroEyes gun detection, at least people could be given an early warning about impending danger. Providing first responders and police with situational awareness in these kinds of incidents is key. That is how to providing the best possible outcome during the worst events.

Steve Surfaro of SecurityInfowatch.com interviewed Mike at the ZeroEyes booth during ISC West:
‘The Zeroeyes team brings a risk assessment, site survey, tiered recommendations and a design developed for each K-12, public facility or corporate facility having a popular, existing video management system or even just DVRs.’
Read the full article here: SecurityInfowatch.com

The entire team at ZeroEyes would like people to know that they will to do whatever they can to help make our world a safer place.

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ZeroEyes in the News

ZeroEyes Recognized for Video Analytics in the 2019 SIA New Product Showcase at ISC West

ZeroEyes Recognized for Video Analytics in the 2019 SIA New Product Showcase at ISC West
ZeroEyes was awarded Honorable Mention in the Video Analytics category at the flagship annual award program at ISC West.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Security Industry Association (SIA) has named ZeroEyes as an award winner at the 2019 SIA New Product Showcase Awards, the flagship awards program at ISC West recognizing innovative security products, services and solutions. Mike Lahiff, the company’s CEO said, “We are humbled and grateful for this honorable mention. The entire team would like to thank SIA for their recognition. It fills us with such great pride to have people begin to take notice of what we have been doing for the last few years…and we’re just getting started!”

ZeroEyes was selected as the 2019 Honorable Mention for Video Analytics for its AI Gun Detection solution and recognized on the main stage at ISC West, the nation’s largest converged security trade show, on April 10 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dustin Brooks, the company’s Chief Learning Officer wants people to know, “There is so much involved with creating something like this. It is emotional to talk about the effects of the tragic situations we fight to prevent. We are so appreciative to be a part of doing something to make this kind of difference in the world.”

“SIA’s New Product Showcase calls security companies to develop extraordinary, innovative products and solutions, and this year’s winners represent the best new offerings in the market,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson. “SIA congratulates ZeroEyes for standing out among the entries in this highly competitive program to earn the Video Analytics Honorable Mention distinction.”

Since its inception in 1979, the SIA New Product Showcase has been the security industry’s premier awards-based marketing program. The 30 judges reviewed more than 95 entries from more than 80 companies in 2019, presenting awards for technologies covering more than 30 product and service categories and the prestigious Judges’ Choice Award. View the full list of winners here.

Learn more about the New Product Showcase here.
About ZeroEyes
Lead by former Navy SEALs, other veterans, and technologists, ZeroEyes (zeroeyes.com) is dedicated to providing security solutions using artificial intelligence. As people who committed their lives to protecting their fellow Americans, ZeroEyes found new purpose in developing a model for weapon recognition that can provide first responders and police officers with the situational awareness they need when entering threatening situations. The company continues to innovate by teaching their algorithm to learn more about how to detect guns on existing camera systems. Their tireless dedication to preventing future senseless violence has inspired a new movement within the security industry.
About SIA
SIA (securityindustry.org) is the leading trade association for global security solution providers, with nearly 1,000 innovative member companies representing thousands of security leaders and experts who shape the future of the security industry. SIA protects and advances its members’ interests by advocating pro-industry policies and legislation at the federal and state levels, creating open industry standards that enable integration, advancing industry professionalism through education and training, opening global market opportunities and collaborating with other like-minded organizations. As the premier sponsor of ISC Events expos and conferences, SIA ensures its members have access to top-level buyers and influencers, as well as unparalleled learning and network opportunities. SIA also enhances the position of its members in the security marketplace through SIA GovSummit, which brings together private industry with government decision makers, and Securing New Ground, the security industry’s top executive conference for peer-to-peer networking.

 
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AI Detection School Security

Your Security Cameras Can Be Even More Useful

Turning Existing Security Cameras Into Security Guards
Many security cameras installed today are high resolution enough to be utilized with ZeroEyes technology. This capacity to retrofit makes the product much more accessible. With an additional server rack, and the time to install, your facility can begin improving upon your security very quickly. Every educational facility deserves to provide a healthy learning environment for everybody involved.
Comparing Alternatives
One of the problems with certain security measures is that they end up causing more anxiety. The sheer visibility of metal detectors in schools can make people feel uncomfortable. While providing an unfortunately necessary protocol to protect people from an unexpected disaster, you can create a toxic environment. It may be required in some places to have high security checks but in schools it is best if the protection can be relatively unnoticed.

The notion of arming teachers makes many people nervous. Without weighing in on whether or not that is a viable strategy for defense, it can be agreed that this could add significant worry & concern for people. Just as in the case of adding metal detectors or other machinery for people to check in with at the entrance, introducing more weapons on the premises does not generally increase a feeling of calm.
Funding
Many states have a surplus of funding available to them for school security measures. There are simply not enough solutions to accommodate the current needs. People do not know what to do with their available resources. The typical tactics taken to make improvements have been adding armed security guards or teachers, metal detectors, and increasing the number of cameras. As previously stated, the first two solutions tend to increase anxiety and make people feel less safe. Adding security cameras may be helpful for places that lack coverage. However, it is still infeasible for a human being to monitor hundreds of cameras every day, especially when the likelihood of an incident occurring is (thankfully) fairly low.

Adding support to already existing security cameras is an excellent way to make efficient use of state & federal funding to improve school security.
Added Value
While horrible, and increasing in frequency, a school shooting is still a very rare occurrence. Hopefully ZeroEyes technology  never detects a weapon on any of your security cameras. During normal operations, ZeroEyes can still support school personnel in monitoring the school.

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AI Detection School Security

Weapon Recognition Technology Education

Technology Education For School Superintendents
The ZeroEyes solution requires a dedicated server box to run efficiently. 911 emergency responders can utilize the user interface to access critical information. Also, school administrators or security resource officers can have access to the mobile version for receiving alerts about the location of on-site threats. Therefore, the reach of this technology becomes widespread. 

An additional desktop version of the user interface can be available on site. With this desktop version, security guards on-site can receive real-time information. Others can receive that information depending on system protocols. 
How Does It Work?
This software solution “reads” the feeds from all of your cameras. The software determines when a weapon is detected through a sophisticated processing engine, and archived analytics. When a weapon is detected, an alert is delivered to inform whoever it is programmed to inform. That process all occurs in mere moments, allowing for much faster response times with more information than people have had in these situations in the past.

ZeroEyes’ machine learning and development team have spent thousands of hours “teaching” their algorithm how to detect a gun when one appears on screen. This helps the artificial intelligence get better over time.
Incorporating Into Drills
Technology education for those involved with the implementation of active shooter drills is important. Teachers, administrators, and security resource officers should all have facility with ZeroEyes technology to make active shooter drills more effective, and less invasive. Recently, drills intended to simulate reality have left physical or emotional scars on people involved. At ZeroEyes, there is a commitment to decrease anxiety, and increase empowerment for superintendents and other school officials.

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AI Detection

What Is Weapon Recognition Technology?

Weapon Recognition Technology Provides Real-Time Response
In the wake of school shooting incidents over the past 10 years, people are anxious about creating safe environments. The ability to detect weapons on premises is unfortunately a necessity now. Cameras are already in place at most schools. There are also no clear causes or indications of when a school shooting will occur. Therefore, it would be infeasible to have a human security guard watch all cameras all the time.

ZeroEyes has created weapon recognition technology to provide real-time information to those who protect people if the worst happens. By using open source software, and products from IBM, Dell, and Nvidia, ZeroEyes’ weapon recognition technology allows schools to save time in the event of an on-site threat. While the algorithm and supporting technology ZeroEyes has developed is proprietary, some of the work to build it has included thousands of hours of manual detection, and programming of artificial intelligence.
A Weapon Or Not A Weapon
The simplest way to understand how this technology works, is to know the rudiments of artificial intelligence programming. Essentially, the process is teaching a computer a detection task. But the machine needs to be taught. That is why our team actively trains the machine to become better. This involves a series of tests, and checks, to determine how well the machine is beginning to identify the difference between what a weapon looks like, and what a weapon does not look like. At its core, weapon recognition technology is an ability for cameras to determine when a weapon is seen. Rather than being blind to hundreds of cameras, we enable you to see them all.

ZeroEyes technology improves itself with machine learning. The software is beginning to make its own determinations about what is or is not a weapon. This is going to result in an improved rate of response, and decreased “false-positive” rate. The team actively trains the algorithm at installation sites where the ZeroEyes technology is in place. A typical active shooter in these scenarios has been an untrained 16 year old boy. ZeroEyes is teaching their program how to spot a weapon held by a trained Navy SEAL. This enhanced capability sets ZeroEyes apart from other weapon recognition technology companies too.
The Future Of Protection
Obviously we all hope that there is never another school shooting. These tragic events must be addressed, and that has to happen at the interpersonal level. What ZeroEyes technology can do to support the future of protecting students, teachers, and administrators – is provide the freedom to keep “zero eyes” on camera systems. This cannot be a school’s only measure for increased safety, but nevertheless it should be at the core of their security protocols.

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