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ZeroEyes Appoints Taylor May as New Director of Sales

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., Jan. 12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — ZeroEyes, an artificial intelligence weapon detection platform, today announced they have hired Taylor May as Director of Sales. “As a top producer and influencer in the security industry in the last 7 years, Taylor has been known for cultivating and sustaining relationships throughout his professional career, specifically in the artificial intelligence and computer vision segment,” said Sam Alaimo, Chief Revenue Officer, “which will be paramount for helping drive exponential growth for ZeroEyes.” Taylor May, Director of Sales, ZeroEyes In previous roles, Mr. May has excelled and demonstrated his leadership as Regional Sales Manager (RSM) for AnyVision where he was ranked the #1 RSM in North America two consecutive years, 2019 and 2020. Prior to that role, he was a Territory Manager of the Mobile Division of Pro-Vigil Surveillance Services for three years.  Currently Taylor is the owner and host of Security VIP, a podcast that highlights the industry’s top professionals on relevant topics for today’s security needs. “Taylor is the type of top performer we are bringing on board to make our vision a reality; ultimately end mass shootings. He is passionate about protecting and doing all that is possible to save human lives with the use of technology and physical security,” stated Mike Lahiff, Co-Founder and CEO, “and is widely recognized for his contributions to the industry. We look forward to seeing Taylor help ZeroEyes become synonymous with weapons detection security.”  Mr. May holds a B.S. Degree in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University and was a member of the 2011 Big 12 Championship Football team. He also has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Dallas. About ZeroEyes ZeroEyes is an AI weapons detection platform that helps identify threats at first sight, integrating with existing IP security cameras to play one component of its overall security process, and provide security personnel and first responders with real-time information needed to keep people safe. Founded by a team of Navy SEALs and military veterans with over 50 years of military experience, its mission is to detect weapons before shots are fired, enable faster response times for first responders and security personnel, and ultimately end mass shootings. To learn more information about ZeroEyes, visit https://zeroeyes.com. SOURCE ZeroEyes
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School Security

ZEROEYES, Inc. & SCPS TEAM-UP FOR SCHOOL SAFETY TECHNOLOGY PILOT PROGRAM

(SANFORD, Fla.) On Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at 2:30 p.m., at Oviedo High School (601 King St., Oviedo, FL 32765), Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) and ZeroEyes, Inc. will provide a demonstration of their weapon detection technology system. Over the last several months, the SCPS School Safety Division, under the direction of Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Captain Rick Francis has worked with ZeroEyes, Inc. to deploy its innovative weapon detection technology platform at Oviedo High School.  The ZeroEyes solution, which uses artificial intelligence and easily integrates into our pre-existing school district security camera system, is a proactive and actionable active-shooter detection technology currently being piloted and evaluated by SCPS.  During this event, the ZeroEyes team, made up of former U.S. military personnel from special operations and intelligence communities, will be on-site to discuss this technology, its capabilities,  and provide a demonstration of how it works. To learn more about ZeroEyes, Inc., visit:  www.zeroeyes.com MEDIA OPPORTUNITY WHO:             Seminole County Public Schools & ZeroEyes, Inc. WHAT:           Weapon Detection Technology Demo. & School Safety Pilot Project WHEN:           Wednesday, January 13, 2021 — 2:30 p.m. WHERE:         Oviedo High School – (Inside Media Center) – 601 King St. Oviedo, FL 32765 *Media:           Please report to the front-office upon arrival Press Contact Michael Lawrence, APRCommunications Officer  Call: 407.320.0471 Email: michael_lawrence@scps.k12.fl.us
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We Need Fewer Statistics and More Gun Detection

From just one active shooter incident in 2000, the number of mass shootings has exploded in recent years. According to the FBI, from 2000 to 2006 there was an annual average of 6.4 incidents, but from 2007 to 2013, the average rose to 16.4 cases. And it has continued to rise, with 40 cases in 2014-2015 and 50 cases in 2016-2017. This must stop. At ZeroEyes, we are committed to doing our part to prevent this increase in shooting events with advanced, state-of-the-art gun detection. Our objective? Stop them before they start shooting.  An active shooter incident is defined as an individual actively killing or attempting to kill in populated areas, excluding gang and drug violence. The federally-agreed-upon definition of active shooting “inherently implies that both law enforcement personnel and citizens have the potential to affect the outcome of the event based upon their responses,” the FBI study claims. However, that is not what we are seeing in the statistics. Between 2000 and 2013, 160 active shooting incidents took place in the U.S.: 45.6% in commercial settings (businesses and malls), 24.4% in K-12 schools and universities, 10% in governmental settings, 9.4% in open spaces, and the remaining in healthcare facilities, houses of worship, and homes.  Most of these locations, with the exception of open spaces and homes, should have well-defined security systems that include security cameras, methods to target-harden the location to make it unattractive to attackers, and an advanced gun detection system like ZeroEyes.  ZeroEyes uses state-of-the-art artificial intelligence technology to immediately detect visible guns and send real-time alerts instantly to security personnel and administrators so they can take immediate action to prevent an attack. What’s more, we use a self-learning algorithm to constantly enhance our technology based on the most up-to-date information available about active shooters and firearms. This ongoing machine learning is directed by our staff, highly-trained former American military personnel who understand not only weaponry but the critical importance of supplying real-time information to security forces so they can complete their mission to defend and protect.  Statistics indicate that 60% of active shootings end before police arrive on the scene. The ZeroEyes built-in alert system connected to local 911 and other first responders works to get security on the spot before the shooting begins or as quickly as possible, to neutralize the threat before many people are hurt.  Organizations have their own part to play in decreasing the attacks and casualties, as the FBI report implies, through training and prevention. The FBI study showed that most shooters demonstrate concerning signs in the weeks and months before the incident, and they also take time to plot and prepare. Proper training in looking for warning signs, along with training on how to respond safely when an incident takes place, can help decrease the risk of a mass shooter incident at your location.  By combining these steps with a robust security system equipped with ZeroEyes gun detection, your chance of experiencing a mass shooting at your location is dramatically reduced. Together, we can reverse the steady incline of active shooting events in the United States.
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ZeroEyes Opens a Demo Location in the D.C. Metropolitan Region

We proudly announce the opening of our National Capital Region product demonstration showcase at The Garden in Alexandria, VA. This location provides a convenient opportunity for the Department of Defense and government sector personnel who are responsible for safeguarding our nation’s capital to experience live demonstrations of our ZeroEyes AI Gun Detection System. Government buildings have a heightened need for security and safety because of the sensitive nature of their work, the constant flow of visitors (including employees, sightseers, and foreign dignitaries), and the ever-present potential for politically motivated attacks. Government security personnel are usually some of the best trained in the nation, but even they cannot be everywhere at all times. State-of-the-art technology and highly specialized security protocols are critical force-multipliers to help ensure safety for all visitors and staff working or visiting the facilities in our nation’s capital and surrounding areas. ZeroEyes leverages existing security camera technology with an artificial intelligence gun detection platform that is equipped with a learning algorithm. This means the system is continuously improving itself with new input, implemented by our staff of highly-trained former military officers. The most important components of ZeroEyes are our instant alert system and the real-time intelligence that it provides to staff and first responders. These features allow staff to move people to safety and provide law enforcement arriving on the scene the critical intel they need to neutralize the threat as quickly as possible. Lack of information is the biggest problem in proper response to emergencies. ZeroEyes eliminates this problem. As a would-be shooter moves through a facility, ZeroEyes tracks the gun-carrier as he passes security cameras, letting law enforcement and staff know where he is, what he looks like, and what weaponry he has. This information gives first responders the critical edge they need to form immediate, targeted strategies that will have a high level of success because there’s no guessing. ZeroEyes has eliminated the unknown. At our demonstration showcase, we will show you exactly how this works, offering live demos using security cameras inside and outside the building. Discover how ZeroEyes can enhance your existing security system to keep your people safer. Our location has ample parking and is also a convenient 5-minute walk from the Van Dorn Metro stop. To arrange a demonstration, please contact Vincent Martinez at vincent@zeroeyes.com.
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Active Shooter Security Planning for Hospitals

Hospital shootings occur all too often. A study done by Brown University showed a steady increase from less than 5 in the year 2000 to 20 hospital shootings in 2015. The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics teaming with researchers from Brown and Johns Hopkins Universities studied 154 hospital-related shootings between 2000 and 2011. The insights of these studies can help hospitals prepare and protect their staff and patients. Hospital Shooting Statistics Of the 154 gun violence incidents in hospitals from 2000-2011, 59% took place inside the hospital, including 29% in the emergency department (ED) and 19% in hospital rooms. That means that in more than half the incidents, a gun got inside the hospital, undetected. The remainder took place on the grounds, with 23% in the parking lot.  The motives vary, but most shooters have strong and intentional motives: most have a grudge (27%), such as the man who killed his late mother’s doctor in Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2015; other shootings are to “euthanize” a relative (14%), commit suicide (21%), or escape from custody (4%).  While 45% of the victims are the shooters themselves (which may include suicide, suicide after shooting others, or being shot by first responders), hospital employees compose 20% of the victims.  Shooters in the ED are often younger and in custody and do not have a personal grudge. In 23% of ED shootings, the shooter has taken the gun of the security officer. Fortunately, given the location, case fatalities are significantly lower in the ED (19%) than in other areas of the hospital (73%).  Hospital Preparation and Precaution Against Shooters What do these statistics tell us about hospital security? One of the most important lessons we learn is the necessity of a gun detection system. If 59% of hospital shootings occur inside the hospital, and in most of those cases, no one knew the perpetrator had a gun, many of those incidents may have been prevented with a state-of-the-art gun detection system such a ZeroEyes.  Hospitals should develop security protocols that can prevent guns from entering the facility. Security cameras installed strategically inside and outside the premises, especially in the ED, entrance areas, and parking lots, will help your on-site security keep an eye on the most vulnerable areas. ZeroEyes installs on your security camera system and will immediately send warnings to your on-site security, key staff members, and first responders as soon as a gun is detected, even if your own security personnel step away from the camera feed. ZeroEyes is always watching for visible guns and ready to send warnings, 24/7. The system can then track the gun if the shooter moves through the facility, giving response teams the necessary information they need to find and neutralize the threat.  There are many programs, sponsored by government bureaus and hospital associations, which provide procedures and protocols for the unique needs of hospitals. Implement emergency preparedness plans for locking down various floors, units, sensitive equipment, or controlled substances. Train staff on evacuation procedures, patient protection, and safe locations in the event of a shooting. In addition to these important protocols, give your staff and your patients the necessary protection of ZeroEyes technology, backed by former military who bring their expertise to keeping your people safe from gun violence.
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Kenosha Unified School District Selects ZeroEyes’ AI Weapons Detection Platform

ZeroEyes’ technology to give security personnel, first responders real-time information to help stop violent threats before they occur Philadelphia, PA – November 17, 2020  — ZeroEyes, the only AI-based platform focused solely on weapons detection, has been selected by the Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) of Wisconsin to help improve security on its campuses. ZeroEyes’ proprietary solution will identify visible guns if present and send alerts to school administrators and security personnel within three to five seconds, helping to stop violent threats before they occur. KUSD is the third-largest school district in Wisconsin, with over 21,000 students and 4,200 employees in 23 elementary schools, five middle schools, five high schools and five charter schools. ZeroEyes currently integrates with KUSD’s IP security cameras to help detect visible weapons and serve as a proactive measure to prevent any violent threats on campus. When ZeroEyes positively detects a weapon, the platform sends a notification to school administrators, school resource officers and local 911 dispatch, ensuring the school can enact security protocols and give first responders real-time information to help prevent active shooting tragedies and save lives. “It’s a grim reality that active shootings happen in schools across the country, and we’ve needed to understand and implement the solutions that can keep our students, staff and visitors safe,” said Kevin Christoun, Maintenance, Environmental and Safety Manager at KUSD. “At KUSD, we have a multilayered security approach that includes the most effective and innovative technologies and resources, and ZeroEyes’ platform clearly supports our strategy.” Founded by a group of former Navy SEALs and military veterans, ZeroEyes proprietary and comprehensive datasets focus exclusively on weapons detection, to actively monitor and detect for visible weapons. ZeroEyes also trains and collaborates with customers and local first responders to conduct extensive pilots before its solution is fully implemented. In the future, KUSD plans to roll out additional installations to remaining schools in the district. “ZeroEyes was founded upon the realization that a proactive solution was needed to help keep people safe, with real-time information to adequately address violent threats and prevent mass shooting tragedies,”said Dustin Brooks, Vice President of Education at ZeroEyes. “KUSD focuses on providing a safe and productive learning environment to its students and faculty, and we’re honored to provide a 24/7 solution that supports their goals.” About ZeroEyes ZeroEyes is an AI weapons detection platform that helps identify threats at first sight, integrating with existing IP security cameras to play one component of its overall security process, and provide security personnel and first responders with real-time information needed to keep people safe. ZeroEyes’ solution was developed using thousands of proprietary images and videos captured to train its AI weapons detection model, giving it the most comprehensive and superior technology in the market. Founded by a team of Navy SEALs and military veterans with over 50 years of collective military experience, its mission is to detect weapons before shots are fired, enable faster response times for first responders and security personnel, and ultimately end mass shootings. To learn more information about ZeroEyes, visit https://zeroeyes.com Media Contact Bryanna WalleyGravitate PR for ZeroEyeszeroeyes@gravitatepr.com
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Shooter Attacks in Houses of Worship

According to FBI statistics, hate crime incidents, including shootings, have increased by 34.8% between 2014 and 2018. No religion seems to be immune – churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques have all seen attacks since 2012.  It seems contrary to what our hearts tell us – that places of worship are places of peace and safety. But it is logical in the minds of attackers who may have a special hatred for a particular religion or ethnic group, or who may want to attack a particular person they think will be in worship at that time. Both motives have been present in recent attacks, and houses of worship traditionally have less surveillance than places of business, so they are easy targets. Attackers go for the easy targets, whenever possible.  It is an unfortunate truth in our current era that all places where people congregate – including houses of worship – must take steps to prepare and protect themselves.  Preparation Religious leaders of houses of worship need to develop a “Church Security Plan” to address the different aspects of safety. A few things to consider: Review the interior and exterior of your premises to determine where assailants can easily enter or hide. Plan for volunteers to regularly walk the perimeter during services to check for any suspicious activity.Contact local police and fire departments to visit your location to get their suggestions and advice on how to improve safety on your premises.Create emergency response plans and training. Develop exit strategies in case of shootings, offer first aid training and CPR courses on your campus. Having well-prepared worshipers would be helpful for any emergency – harsh weather, fire, a congregant having a heart attack, or an accident on the premises.Tighten protocols about leaving doors open, access to keys, and other security issues. Though it may be contrary to the spirit of openness and acceptance, consider that new people coming to activities on your campus may be coming to case the building. Develop precautions.  Protection Few houses of worship have up-to-date security systems or security cameras. Some now have livestream cameras in the worship area for livestreaming events, but no security cameras at the entrances or the exterior of the building. This is a critical aspect of your security system that should be corrected as soon as possible.  Another important component would be a gun detection system such as ZeroEyes, which also includes a powerful communications component that immediately sends messages to local 911 and first responders as well as to you and your staff the moment a gun is detected on your premises.  Mounted on your security cameras, ZeroEyes sends real-time data to law enforcement and your staff so you know exactly where the would-be assailant is and what he is doing. This provides you with the information you need to get your worshipers to safety and gives police the information they need to quickly neutralize the threat to your congregation. Exterior cameras would be very helpful for this purpose, possibly stopping an attacker before he enters the building. Contact us today at ZeroEyes to discuss the steps you can take to safeguard your people so that they can continue to worship in safety and security.
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Rapid Communication Is Critical in Active Shooter Scenarios

In active shooter situations, every second counts. The sooner you know, the sooner you can respond, contacting law enforcement and getting your people to safety. But in emergency situations, precious time can be lost and mistakes can happen, costing lives, if communication is not automated the instant a threat is detected. ZeroEyes AI Gun Detection saves precious seconds by immediately sending alerts to local 911 and first responders, as well as the staff members you have chosen to receive the alerts. ZeroEyes is in partnership with RapidSOS, an emergency response data platform that securely and automatically links life-saving data from your ZeroEyes system to your local 911 dispatch, alerting first responders instantly of the presence of a gun on your premises.  But the alert is only the first step. Communications with law enforcement must be ongoing, in order to give them the critical, real-time data they need to respond quickly and neutralize the threat. ZeroEyes works with your current security camera system, and as the threat actor moves through the building, alerts are sent to security personnel, you, and your staff through a real-time streaming protocol (RTSP) data path. This gives you the power to watch the assailant’s movements and to lock down areas remotely if you have this capability. It also provides police with the intel they need to take the quickest and most effective action against the assailant. Without this information, much time is lost trying to determine the best course of action or hunting the halls trying to find the shooter.  ZeroEyes also leverages the battle-tested knowledge of our former military personnel who operate your ZeroEyes system remotely. When an active-shooter event takes place, they engage actively with law enforcement to utilize ZeroEyes from our side to give the first responders any additional information they need.  Since the threat environment is always changing and active shooters try different tactics, ZeroEyes’ artificial intelligence learning protocol gives us the ability to constantly upgrade and fine-tune ZeroEyes detection, giving you the most up-to-date and advanced gun detection technology to keep you and your people safe.  As former military dedicated to protecting American lives, we are committed to using our knowledge and skills to keep you safe. Contact us today to find out how ZeroEyes can help you.
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ZeroEyes Secures Funding to Help Stop Active Shooter Threats

Cash infusion will help accelerate the installation of its proprietary weapons detection platform in schools, commercial buildings, and government sites Philadelphia, PA – October 26, 2020  — ZeroEyes, the only AI-based platform focused solely on weapons detection, today announced that it has secured $1.5 million in funding, led by Grateful Investments with participation from Legion Capital, Backswing Ventures, Natoma Group, and angel investors, bringing the total amount raised to $4 million. The majority of the round was raised in March, and ZeroEyes will use the funds to propel its growth and its vision of stopping violent threats before they occur. Founded by a team of former Navy SEALs and military veterans, ZeroEyes’ AI weapons detection solution is currently installed in schools, commercial buildings and government sites, with many more pilots underway. With this additional funding, ZeroEyes will further expand the adoption of its technology across the country, and enable the company to move to a larger, dedicated facility to demonstrate its platform to prospects, partners and customers. “This year we’ve seen exponential interest in our technology, as we’ve piloted and validated our solution as a clear, cost-effective and proactive way to detect weapons, stop violent threats and keep people safe,” said Mike Lahiff, CEO of ZeroEyes. “With gun violence – particularly active shooter incidents – continuing to increase each year at alarming rates, the funding will enable us to accelerate our installations across a broad spectrum of customers, at scale.” ZeroEyes’ AI weapons detection platform is one component of an organization’s multi-tiered security approach, and integrates with an organization’s existing camera systems and video analytics. If a visible gun is detected, an alert is initially sent to the ZeroEyes monitoring team, followed by notifications to local emergency dispatch and onsite security staff – a process which takes a mere three to five seconds. By seeing exactly where a threat is in real time, ZeroEyes closes the critical seconds between when a gun could be spotted to when it is fired, saving lives. “Our focus is simple: work with early stage companies that have a sound business model and compelling purpose,” said Ted McCullough, Founding Partner at Grateful Investments. “The ZeroEyes team’s decades of combined military experience, and steadfast commitment to addressing the mass shooting tragedies that are far too commonplace today is a cause we are honored to support.” “ZeroEyes’ growth is a testament to the caliber of the team, its unique and proprietary technology, and its real-world application to addressing a critical and sobering issue,” said Michael Viscuso, Managing Partner at Legion Capital Partners. “We look forward to ZeroEyes’ continual expansion in public venues across the country in the months and years to come.” About ZeroEyes ZeroEyes is an AI weapons detection platform that helps identify threats at first sight, integrating with existing IP security cameras to play one component of its overall security process, and provide security personnel and first responders with real-time information needed to keep people safe. ZeroEyes’ solution was developed using thousands of proprietary images and videos captured to train its AI weapons detection model, giving it the most comprehensive and superior technology in the market. Founded by a team of Navy SEALs and military veterans with over 50 years of military experience, its mission is to detect weapons before shots are fired, enable faster response times for first responders and security personnel, and ultimately end mass shootings. To learn more information about ZeroEyes, visit https://zeroeyes.com. Media Contact Bryanna WalleyGravitate PR for ZeroEyeszeroeyes@gravitatepr.com
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WeWork Helps Bunker Labs Companies

At the 19th-floor co-working space in Philly, ZeroEyes is raising money and aiming to partner with the Philadelphia School District. Started by a group of former SEALs, Zero Eyes is developing an artificial-intelligence product aimed at alerting first responders in school shootings.

“ZeroEyes is an intelligent video analytics company. Powered by AI, our technology can detect weapons and recognize faces in real time,” said Rob Huberty, ZeroEyes’ executive vice president for schools. “Once weapons or persons of interest are in view of camera, our platform sends alerts that lock doors and provides first responders the description and location of threat.”

Why set up at WeWork? The space was free — at least for a period of the residency.

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