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ZeroEyes Partners with RapidSOS to Immediately Inform 911 When Weapons Are Detected

Through this partnership ZeroEyes’ AI threat-detection software will be certified as RapidSOS Ready, allowing critical data and active threats to be sent directly to 911  PHILADELPHIA, PA (July 9, 2020) – ZeroEyes, an artificial intelligence weapon detection platform, today announced a partnership with RapidSOS to send threat detection and surveillance data directly to 911. Built in partnership with public safety, RapidSOS’s emergency response data platform securely and automatically links life-saving data from connected devices directly to over 4,700 emergency communications centers nationwide. 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. Through the RapidSOS emergency response data platform, real-time data will be sent directly to 911 personnel when a threat occurs, helping to speed the response process.  Since 2009, at least 177 of America’s schools have experienced a shooting, with 114 people killed and 242 injured in shootings at K-12 schools through 2018. In these types of critical emergencies, seconds mean the difference between life and death. The detection of such threats before gunfire or attacks begin can reduce the response times of law enforcement and provide timely and clear information, ultimately saving lives. “Our mission is to ensure no one has to experience a traumatizing active shooter threat, especially our children,” said Mike Lahiff, CEO and co-founder at ZeroEyes. “With this partnership RapidSOS, we will be able to greatly reduce emergency response times and deliver better situational awareness to ensure the safety of the public.”  According to Viyas Sundaram, General Manager at RapidSOS, “We are excited to partner with ZeroEyes to bring this critical data directly onto 911 screens. This technology will give telecommunicators more visibility into what is occurring, helping inform the actions they take to get the right first responders on scene as quickly as possible.” With the launch of this solution this August, ZeroEyes’ technology will be certified as RapidSOS Ready – allowing critical data to be sent directly to local 911 agencies in an emergency through the RapidSOS platform. Schools and companies that are interested in learning more should visit https://zeroeyes.com or register for a weekly virtual demo.  ### 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.  About RapidSOS In partnership with public safety, RapidSOS has created the world’s first emergency response data platform that securely links life-saving data from 350M+ connected devices directly to 911 and first responders. Through the platform, RapidSOS provides intelligent data that supports over 4,700 Emergency Communications Centers, protecting 90%+ of people in the US, across 150 million emergencies annually. Together with innovative companies certified as RapidSOS Ready, we’re supporting our heroic first responders in saving millions of lives annually. To learn more about our technology that’s protecting lives, visit https://rapidsos.com.  Press Contact Marisa SemensohnGravitate PR for ZeroEyeszeroeyes@gravitatepr.com  RapidSOSSunshine Sachsrapidsos@sunshinesachs.com
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Using Your Existing Security Cameras in Weapons Detection

Mass shootings are occurring with alarming frequency in our country, but up until now, on-site security and first responders have not had the intel they needed to respond quickly enough to save lives when seconds matter.  Without real-time situational awareness during an active-shooter incident, first responders must take time after they arrive to gather accurate information and develop a better understanding of the situation before they can take action to stop the threat. But by that time, more lives may have been needlessly lost. With the ZeroEyes weapons detection platform enhancing your existing security camera system, on-site security personnel and emergency responders know immediately who the threat actors are, where they are, and what they are doing, providing security forces with the tactical intelligence they need to engage the threat quickly and effectively.  Cameras can be a powerful tool to help secure the safety of schools, businesses, offices, and public locations. ZeroEyes technology is integrated into your existing security camera system, using an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm to provide real-time weapons detection.  The AI algorithm in the ZeroEyes platform is constantly scanning the camera frames for guns and is able to identify a wide variety of weapons. When a weapon is detected, an alert is immediately sent through the ZeroEyes monitoring platform and mobile app with an image of the shooter and the shooter’s location to everyone the system has been programmed to contact. ZeroEyes has an industry-leading low false-positive rate, which means that when that alarm goes off, you know it’s not an accident. You also know exactly where the threat is so that you can take immediate action to protect your people and move them out of harm’s way.  As perpetrators walk through the facility, cameras pick up their location and provide real-time location tracking, suspect descriptions, and valuable situational awareness to increase security force reaction time and give them the information they need to quickly eliminate the threat.  ZeroEyes is founded and directed by US military veterans with deep experience in Special Ops and Military Intelligence, including Navy SEALs and Navy Intelligence Officers. We have been trained and have fought to save lives. It is our mission to continue that commitment of service by providing the nation’s leading weapons-detection solution for the ultimate protection of your school, institution, or company.  As soldiers, we had at our disposal the most state-of-the-art, military-grade technology to provide us with the situational intel we needed to get in, get the job done, and get out. We believe civilian security forces and first responders should also have the best technology to equip them to save lives. Contact us here at ZeroEyes about your particular needs to see how we can help you protect your patrons, your staff, and your students.
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Overall Security

Determine Your Security Needs

Developing and implementing a complete facilities security plan includes evaluating multiple aspects, including access control, building design and infrastructure, exterior and interior vulnerabilities, security systems including both physical barriers and technology, safety protocols, and training and compliance. While it may seem a daunting task, a thorough risk assessment and the development and implementation of a comprehensive security plan is critical to keeping your people safe. 

Physical barriers are your first line of defense, and should start at the exterior of your property, as far away from your building as possible. Take a fresh look at your facilities by standing at the farthest corner of your property and looking at it as a criminal might. Walk all around the perimeter of your property. Is there easy access for cars and pedestrians, or have barriers been put in place to slow or limit access? Can people walk up to your building from anywhere, or do physical barriers like fencing limit approach to well-monitored walkways? Can cars park adjacent to the curb near your building? Are there cameras clearly placed where a bad-actor can see them? Are any areas not covered by camera surveillance? Are there hiding places or dark corners? Are there unguarded doors or open windows? 

These are just some of the questions you need to ask yourself about exterior security. Once you’ve done a thorough review of the exterior, do the same for the interior. This evaluation will include considering the building layout, possible entry points, hiding places, and areas of the building that should be secure. You also need to consider if employees are accidentally increasing security vulnerabilities. 

Entrance access is a major point of vulnerability for many companies. Are there physical or technological barriers that control entrance? Are doors and windows locked? Do employees allow others to come in the doors behind them? Are ID badges required for entrance? Is access restricted to more sensitive areas of the building?

There are numerous checklists available to help you evaluate the security of your facilities. There are also companies with highly competent evaluators whom you can hire to do the evaluation for you. FEMA offers a detailed Building Vulnerability Assessment Checklist and the USDA Physical Security Program also offers an assessment. Some of the questions on these lists, besides those mentioned above, include:

What is your target potential?
What kind of physical security systems and controls are presently used?
Do the available security resources, policies, and procedures meet the potential threat?
What is the prevailing attitude toward security in your company and how are security policies enforced?
Is there any access through utility paths or water runoffs? 

Some questions that could help prevent active shooter scenarios include: 

How old is your security system? (It is recommended that it be updated every 10 years, or when major new advancements in security are developed.)
Are cameras monitored 24/7? By whom?
Are cameras programmed to respond automatically to building perimeter alarms?
What is the quality of the images provided by the cameras, both during the day and in hours of darkness?
What resources are available locally and how rapid are the response times for fire, police and ambulance?
How will first responders and SROs communicate in the case of an emergency?
Are cameras installed with intelligent video systems that can monitor for threats or guns?

Security is not always convenient, and some education may be necessary to help your employees, staff, students, or clientele understand its importance. But by target hardening your facilities, you will be deterring active shooters and other malefactors from harming your people, creating a safe environment in which to work, learn, or relax.

Reach out to us here at ZeroEyes to find out how our gun detection AI technology can be added to your existing security cameras to help keep your people safe.

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Overall Security

Questions to Ask When Evaluating Security Systems for Your School, Office, or Business

Security systems are a part of your overall security strategy, which should include sufficient security resource officers (SRO), training of staff in safety protocols, comprehensive evacuation plans, and appropriate technology and physical barriers to target-harden your premises and deter potential threats. 

Unfortunately, a threat actor only needs to find one entry point, one weak link. In the case of an active shooter, seconds count. Current security systems are reactive; alarms go off only after the perpetrator breaks in. They often depend on desperate 911 calls from victims to alert authorities. It is far better to be proactive and identify a potential threat before shots are fired, to lock down the premises, and give law enforcement the critical intelligence they need to neutralize the threat as quickly as possible. 

Take the time to ask yourself critical questions in order to determine what you need to safeguard the lives of your people. 
Evaluation of your particular situation

What specific security concerns do you have? Make a comprehensive list of threats, both probable and improbable.
Who are potential threat actors: students? disgruntled employees? visitors to your location? Consider situations and locations that might pose opportunities for threat actors.
Do you have protocols and procedures in place? Are your staff and employees fully aware of safety protocols? Are they implementing them? Human error is often all a malefactor needs to get past security and cause harm. 

Physical premises vulnerability assessment

Do your parking areas and the exterior of your building have sufficient lighting?
Are there any bushes or other structures that offer cover for perpetrators and act as visual obstacles for cameras?
Are there sufficient locks and security bars on windows and doors? Are there alarm systems on these entrance points, with clear warnings to this effect?
For larger facilities, is it possible to lock down wings to prevent malefactors from moving about freely?
Are alarm systems connected to emergency response call centers?
Do you have sufficient security cameras to cover all entrances, halls, and rooms of your facility? Where could perpetrators hide inside your facility and how can you eliminate that hiding place?

Security efficiency assessment

Do your security cameras have a fail-safe system of alerting SROs, your administrators, and 1st responders the moment a firearm is detected?
 How quickly will the system alert SROs and the emergency call center that a threat has been detected? Security needs to be able to respond within seconds, even before shots are fired, in order to set into motion protocols that can lead people to safety and lock down the threat actor.
Does the system you are using have a secure communication system between on-site security and first responders? Those responding to the emergency need to be able to communicate and coordinate rapid action.
Will the system provide security with real-time intelligence so they know exactly who the threat actors are, where they are, and what they are doing at any moment?

These are just some of the critical questions you need to ask yourself as you evaluate your level of risk and the best technological and physical barriers as well as protocols you need to target-harden your school, business, or office and safeguard the lives of those who have been entrusted to you. 

As former Navy SEALs, we have dedicated our lives to using our hands-on combat experience to give you and your security personnel the military-level technology you need to win the war against violence in schools and the workplace. 

Our gun-detection video analytics technology layers onto your current security camera network, alerting authorities and administrators within 3 seconds of detecting a gun. ZeroEyes provides real-time tracking of threat actors, giving police and security the combat-level intel they need to quickly find and neutralize their target. Contact us here at ZeroEyes to discuss how we can help you.

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