Over the last several months the Seminole County Public School Safety Division (SCPS) and ZeroEyes teams have worked to deploy an innovative weapons detection platform at Oviedo High School. The ZeroEyes solution, which uses artificial intelligence and easily integrates into your existing security camera system, is by far the most proactive and actionable active shooter detection technology that Captain Rick Francis, Director of the Seminole County Public Schools Safety Division, has ever evaluated. We are excited about demonstrating this solution and our executive team participating in a special event with the Seminole County Public School Safety Division. The event will be attended by many local, state and national VIPs and political leaders to demonstrate the technology that is employed in our solutions and address any questions that arise. The special event will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 from 2:30 – 5:00 PM (eastern time) and will take place at the Oviedo High School. The agenda will include introductions of the ZeroEyes executive team, Seminole County School District personnel, local law enforcement and dignitaries. A joint project update will be given followed by a live demonstration by the ZeroEyes executive team. The presentation will conclude with a question and answer period. A reception will follow the formal presentation for all to discuss and learn more about ZeroEyes AI weapons detection platform and how it helps identify threats at first sight. Drawing from over 50 years of collective military experience, as well as consulting and technology expertise, ZeroEyes focuses solely on weapons detection to proactively identify guns before any shots are fired. ZeroEyes’ AI weapons detection platform is one component of an organization’s multi-tiered security approach. Our software integrates with an organization’s existing camera systems and video analytics to detect weapons in real-time.
The best defense is a strong offense. From 2000 to 2013, nearly half of all mass shootings took place in commercial settings. If those commercial settings had had a thorough security strategy in place, including sufficient security resource officers (SRO), staff and tenants trained in safety protocols, evacuation plans, and appropriate technology and physical barriers to target-harden the premises and deter potential threats, there is reason to believe that the shootings may not have taken place. Research indicates that shooters plan their shooting sprees for weeks or even months before they attack. They look for vulnerable targets – those with insufficient security cameras, unsecured entry points, lots of hiding places, vulnerable people, and basically no one to stop them. Eliminate those weaknesses in your commercial property and you’ve dramatically decreased your likelihood of being targeted. Active shooters need to know they won’t get away with a shooting. That’s why it’s important to have visible security cameras equipped with a gun detection system, with clearly placed signs announcing this to any would-be attackers. Unless there is a strong motivation for a shooter to choose your location, for instance, as an act of revenge, the would-be assailant will most likely be deterred. But you need to be prepared anyway. With ZeroEyes gun detection, as soon as our system detects a visible gun, your administrators, on-site SROs, and local first responders will receive immediate alerts. This allows you to instantly put into practice the other aspects of your security strategy: locking down entrances to stores or offices and moving your people to secure, safe locations. As a potential shooter walks through your office building, strip mall, stadium, or other public location and is picked up by your security cameras, law enforcement and administrators receive constant updates of the perpetrator’s movements, so you and the police are always one step ahead of him. In addition to our state-of-the-art gun detection software enhanced with artificial intelligence, ZeroEyes clients have the support of our staff of former U.S. military with enhanced weapons knowledge and training in combat situations, who work with law enforcement during an active shooter scenario to neutralize the threat within minutes. If you have not yet done a security vulnerability assessment to determine where your weaknesses lie, don’t wait. You must institute the appropriate protocols, target-harden your physical location, provide the appropriate amount of on-site SROs and security cameras, and enhance your cameras with ZeroEyes gun detection. ZeroEyes is your “force multiplier.” It multiplies your security personnel by deterring shooters by its very presence, but also by ensuring the fastest possible response time from first responders and SROs in the event of a shooting, along with the knowledge and expertise of our best-of-the-best American military working with you to keep your location secure.
According to a study from the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC), 89% of mass shootings between 1988 and 2019 occurred in gun-free zones. This evidence seems to suggest that gun-free zones just don’t work to keep people safe. Why would that be? Simple. Because shooters look for easy targets. Most shooters don’t act on impulse. According to the FBI’s Study of Pre-Attack Behaviors of Active Shooters in the United States between 2000-2013, 88% of mass shootings are planned – it’s essentially premeditated murder. And in their planning, these bad actors look for easy targets where they can do maximum damage in the least amount of time. When you put out a big sign that says “Gun-Free Zone,” this tells potential shooters that there will be no one in the area to stop them from killing as many people as they want. They know there will be no resistance. What Really Deters Shooters? Public places, schools, office buildings, and houses of worship have a duty to provide a safe environment to the extent that they are able. Just putting up signs is not sufficient. Bad actors bent on committing murder and mayhem are deterred by conditions that make it difficult for them to move about freely shooting and by the presence of individuals or technology that will quickly stop them. Target-harden your physical spaces. This may mean something very different for different locations, but in general, it means not having easy hiding places outside or inside your location, keeping all entrance and exit points locked or monitored, and having a well-positioned security camera system. Other ways to target-harden your location can be determined by doing a safety assessment with the help of local law enforcement. Use gun-detection technology. Signage that tells would-be perpetrators that you have technology in force that can detect visible guns clearly deters bad actors. ZeroEyes is driven by powerful artificial intelligence software that immediately detects visible firearms – with no false positives – and instantly informs onsite security and local first responders, so any attempted shootings can be quickly neutralized. Minutes count when saving lives. Our powerful ZeroEyes weapons-detection and instant communication system is operated by trained and combat-hardened American military who know the importance of quick action and real-time intel to accomplish the mission, which is keeping your people safe. On-site security. When you have visible security on campus, shooters will likely choose another target. If a shooter does choose a location that has security, it may be because there are insufficient personnel to cover the size of the location or because the person is highly motivated to use that location, possibly due to a desire for revenge against persons there. In the event of a shooter situation, ZeroEyes provides on-site security guards and first responders constant updates on the movement of the shooter through the area. This not only helps law enforcement track down and stop the shooter, it gives administrators the information they need to move people to safety and lock down various areas of the building. In short, declaring your building or campus a gun-free zone essentially makes your location a target. Instead, focus on target-hardening your location, adding and announcing a gun-detection software like ZeroEyes, and providing visible security so that the bad actor decides your location is just not worth the risk.
Office buildings present some special challenges when dealing with an active shooter. Since these buildings often have many floors with separate offices occupied by different entities, the challenge is to coordinate safety protocols that protect the building’s occupants, control the movement of the perpetrator, and quickly neutralize the threat. Detecting the Gun, Alerting Security The sooner you know a gun is on the premises, the faster your security team can respond and the safer your people will be. You need a gun detection system that immediately identifies visible guns while avoiding false positives that can cause building occupants to panic. The time saved in identifying a potential shooting scenario might literally save lives. Don’t depend on guards watching a security camera screen. No human being can stare at all the camera feeds 24/7 and catch the presence of a gun immediately – but ZeroEyes can. Our AI gun detection system is programmed to recognize and precisely identify within milliseconds the types of fire arms an individual may be carrying and where the shooter is, then relay that information to security personnel and first responders so they know exactly what they are dealing with. But a gun detection system is not much good if security and police don’t get alerted fast enough. ZeroEyes is designed to send immediate alerts to specified individuals – administrators, on-site security, and local law enforcement – so that security protocols can be activated possibly even before a shot is fired. With ZeroEyes, administrators have time to immediately lock down areas of the building to stop the shooter’s movements and evacuate people to safety. Your own security and the first responders will have an advantage over the shooter with the military-level intel they need to do their job. Zeroing in on Location, Neutralizing the Threat Lack of information is the number one problem that prevents first responders from acting sooner to stop shooters and save more lives. With ZeroEyes connected to your existing surveillance system, the shooter’s location, actions, and movements will be tracked, eliminating delays in taking quick, successful action to neutralize the threat and keep your people safe. As former Navy SEALs and military veterans, we know that accurate, real-time intel is needed to successfully complete an operation during battle situations. An active shooter scenario is a battle situation. We have designed ZeroEyes specifically to provide your security team and responding law enforcement personnel with a level of knowledge similar to what American soldiers receive, and when an active shooting situation does occur, our military-trained experts are on the line with first responders, working with them to end the emergency and secure your facility quickly. Contact us today to see how we can enhance your existing security system with military-level intel solutions and military-trained expertise to keep your premises and your occupants safe.
FBI studies have shown that most shooters plan their attacks ahead of time, which means that, in most cases, they will choose targets that have a higher likelihood of success. Therefore, it’s critical to decrease your chances of attack by providing clear, obvious deterrents, while preparing for a quick response in the event an active shooting does take place. Deterrents against Active Shooters The presence of police cars outside in the parking lot and visible security personnel in the mall decrease the likelihood of someone choosing your mall as a scene of attack. Visible surveillance cameras throughout the mall and signage informing people of security systems on site also act as deterrents. Access points need special attention. Main entrances and exits need to be covered by surveillance cameras and trained personnel, but there are other access points that are often forgotten and make easy entries for bad actors. Deliveries take place throughout the day, and employees and maintenance personnel enter and exit restricted areas. What protocols and electronic surveillance have been put into place at your mall to control these vital access points? Updating Critical Technology All public entrance points as well as all entrances for deliveries, employees, and maintenance personnel must be covered with surveillance cameras. Additional security components, such as remote locking systems and entry key cards can improve safety as well. Security technology is constantly improving and it’s critical to stay abreast of the newest enhancements that can increase the safety of your retailers and patrons. Technologies that integrate with your existing security systems are the most economical and are often the most efficient and effective. Gun detection technology such as ZeroEyes can be a powerful weapon against active shooters. Because it integrates with your existing system, it is both economical and effective, providing real-time data for immediate recognition of a threat before shots are fired. Because ZeroEyes detects visible guns, we have no false positives, avoiding panic in the mall or the false accusation of innocent persons. Furthermore, our artificial intelligence system is constantly learning and improving accuracy. ZeroEyes sends a message immediately to designated security personnel, administrators, and first responders as soon as a threat is detected, giving authorities the opportunity to get people to safety and tracking the shooter’s location so police and security can quickly neutralize the culprit. Adding signs that say “Gun Detection Technology Activated 24/7 on These Premises” will warn any potential shooter to stay away. Contact us today to see how we can enhance your existing systems to increase the safety and security of your mall and all the people who use it.
The many school shootings in recent years make it imperative for parents to be vigilant with regard to their children’s safety. Most school districts and college campuses have implemented some security protocols and equipment, but the question is, have they done enough? Below are some questions to ask your child’s school. Has the school district implemented ALICE training? ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. This highly-respected nationwide program gives both staff and students tools to improve their safety in the event of a shooting.Does the school have security on site? If not, why not, and what alternative services have been engaged?What protocols are in place for checking children and visitors in and off campus? Are they regularly reviewed and drilled? Are they followed?What physical barriers exist to slow down active shooters or prevent vehicles from approaching too close to buildings or students? Are the barriers regularly maintained?What technology and security cameras are in place? Has a formal vulnerability assessment been done to determine any holes in the security protocols, barriers, buildings, or technology?Security technology and protocols are continually being improved. What is the school doing to remain constantly up-to-date and aware of the available safety options? Is there a regular plan for evaluating and updating existing security systems?Is there a budget item for yearly investment in improved security measures?What type of student mental health and wellness services are available on campus? How do students access them?What protocols are in place for students to report threats or concerning behaviors? What discipline measures are in place for students demonstrating threatening behavior?How can students and parents provide input in ways to continually improve the safety and security of the school environment? The goal is to prevent shootings before they happen. Effective physical and technological barriers in addition to carefully followed safety protocols can make it difficult for bad actors to enter the campus. But experience proves that most school shootings are perpetrated by students themselves. This is why schools need both proactive measures – such as those that identify at-risk students before they act out – as well as defensive measures, in the event that warning signs have been missed. ZeroEyes AI Gun Detection system alerts first-responders, on-site security, and administrators immediately upon detecting a visible gun. With this information, safety protocols such as ALICE can be immediately implemented, wings of the building can be locked down, and real-time data about the shooter can be relayed directly to the first responders, using ZeroEyes technology, to end the threat quickly. Your children need to be safe. Discuss these questions with the schools your children attend or may attend in the future. Parents are really the students’ first line of defense. By demonstrating to the school administrators that you are educated on the subject of security, you will be helping these administrators, who also desire to keep your children safe, to remain vigilant, and to constantly evaluate and enhance their security measures.
Technology will help protect students, faculty, and visitors by proactively monitoring and detecting threats at first sight PHILADELPHIA, PA – September 2, 2020 – ZeroEyes, the industry’s leading artificial intelligence weapons detection solution, today announced that it will provide its technology to the South Side Area School District in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. ZeroEyes’ platform is purpose-built to detect visible weapons in real-time, identifying guns before any violent threats can occur. ZeroEyes’ software integrates with an organization’s existing camera systems and video analytics to detect weapons in real time. As soon as a visible weapon is detected, an alert with the image of the weapon goes to the ZeroEyes monitoring team. Once confirmed, an alert is sent to a local emergency dispatch, onsite security staff, police and school administrators via mobile and desktop. South Side Area School District operates three schools: an elementary school, middle school, and high school, with approximately 980 students. The school has invested in a number of different technologies focused on keeping staff, students and visitors safe, taking a pioneering stance in prioritizing school safety. ZeroEyes is the first weapons detection solution installed on premises. “As a rural public school district, it’s absolutely crucial for us to take the steps needed to ensure the safety of everyone who sets foot on campus,” said Alan Fritz, superintendent at South Side Area School District. “ZeroEyes has consistently demonstrated their steadfast focus and commitment to public safety, and we believe that their weapons detection solution will play a critical component in our overall security approach.” ZeroEyes partners with its customers as well as local first responders to ensure that organizations – including schools, commercial and government buildings – have an additional layer of security to identify and stop threats. ZeroEyes’ AI weapons detection platform allows security personnel to quickly enact security protocols, or direct first responders to a threat. “ZeroEyes was founded with the core focus to help mitigate school shootings, and we’re excited to partner with a school district that is taking proactive measures against active shooter threats,” said Dustin Brooks, vice president of K-12 education at ZeroEyes. “We look forward to the partnership with the South Side Area School District and forging a strong relationship built upon deeply caring about protecting students and faculty.” Founded by former Navy SEALs and military veterans with over 50 years of collective military experience, ZeroEyes’ mission is to detect weapons before shots are fired, enable faster response times for first responders and security personnel, and ultimately prevent mass shootings. ### 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. Press Contact Marisa SemensohnGravitate PR for ZeroEyeszeroeyes@gravitatepr.com
Over 187,000 students in grades K-12 have experienced school shootings since the Columbine High School massacre in 1999. School boards struggle to find the best methods of ensuring the safety of their students while balancing other issues such as accuracy, cost, privacy issues, and legal liability. ZeroEyes provides school boards and school administrators with the balance of security, accuracy, cost effectiveness, and legality they need to keep their students protected. ZeroEyes was developed and is maintained by former Navy SEALs. This is a critical distinction between ZeroEyes and other services that offer some degree of gun detection. We have the real-life, battle-hardened experience that delivers a depth of weapons understanding and emergency-response training that few, if any, security firms offer. Our deep-learning artificial intelligence algorithms are designed by former military technology experts highly trained in weaponry and weapons identification. And because we specialize in gun detection, our system provides a level of accuracy that more complicated systems do not. ZeroEyes is designed to integrate into your current surveillance system, making it very cost effective. And our partnership with RapidSOS, a cutting-edge technology platform that provides a direct link to emergency services, allows us to send threat detection and surveillance data directly to 911. This technology ensures that first responders receive threat data immediately if ZeroEyes detects the presence of firearms. Our technology also gives ongoing real-time situational intelligence to law enforcement during the active shooter situation, while former soldiers personally direct the flow of real-time intel from our headquarters, partnering with first responders to neutralize the threat quickly. Some gun detection systems risk opening up the school to lawsuits because they indiscriminately scan individuals or provide facial recognition. These programs are under scrutiny for privacy law infractions and may lead to lawsuits. They also increase the risk of false-positives by misidentifying harmless objects as weapons, which can also lead to legal problems. In a nutshell, when a board of education is looking for gun detection technology, they should look for the following criteria: Developers who are experts in the field of weaponry and emergency situations A system that specializes in gun detection, rather than offering multiple services of questionable quality A company that provides immediate warnings and ongoing, real-time data to first responders to help them neutralize the threat, along with real-time collaboration with experts in weaponry and emergency response A system that integrates into your current security system, thus providing cost effectiveness along with safety Only ZeroEyes offers you all of this. Our mission is to ensure no one has to experience a traumatizing active shooter threat, especially children. Call us today to see how we can partner with you to keep your students and teachers safe.
In an active shooter situation, most people naturally become frightened and perhaps panicked. But those in charge of their safety must remain calm in order to keep everyone safe. ZeroEyes was founded by former Navy SEALs, whose mental preparation and battle-ready toughness mean someone who will remain calm and get the job done has your back. SEALs’ Physical, Tactical, and Mental Training for War The training we experienced in order to become Navy SEALs is the toughest in the U.S. military. Only one in seven trainees makes it through. Six months of grueling physical training is followed by four months of intense advanced tactical training. This rigorous program prepares us for the “real deal” – training for actual battle situations. What makes it possible for us to successfully complete this training is the mental preparedness training we receive. It is this conditioning – mental readiness – that allows us to execute on the elite physical, tactical, and wartime training we have received and accomplish our mission, whatever it may be. There are several components to our mental training: Emergency conditioning: mental tactics that prepare us for emergency situations Internal battle-proofing: mental preparation for battle that keeps us cool under pressure Creating a mental “trigger”: why we do what we do, the thing that pushes us to survive and to succeed, even when all hope seems lost or the odds are stacked against us Situational awareness: a heightened ability to notice even the faintest clue in a situation or environment that may signal danger How This Training Keeps Your Students Safer Because of our training, we understand the intel that is needed on the ground to win a battle. Stopping an active shooter is a must-win battle situation, and our training in weaponry, tactics, and military technology has given us the knowledge to develop a gun detection system that provides the real-time tactical information first responders need in order to neutralize the threat. And because of our drive to constantly improve, ZeroEyes is equipped with machine-learning, so that it can automatically increase accuracy and speed in response to new data about active shooters. During a shooter situation, you need a SEAL, emergency-conditioned and battle-proofed, who will remain calm in the midst of chaos and use his heightened awareness combined with ZeroEyes advanced technology to provide the necessary real-time intel and guidance to those with boots on the ground. Working together with law enforcement, we calmly track the shooter and provide the military-grade support you need to accomplish our mission – keeping you safe. Our “trigger” now, the reason we do what we do, the reason that drives us, is to use our military training to keep civilians, like your students and teachers, safe from predators like active shooters. Call us today at ZeroEyes to see how we can help you.
Our COO Rob Huberty wrote an article in Campus Security & Life Safety Magazine about identifying the threats to school safety. You can view his article here.