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HOW AI CAN FIGHT GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICAN SCHOOLS
written by Lauren Wellbank September 25, 2019
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More schools are looking for ways to keep students safe from gun violence on campus, leading many districts to turn to technology for help. Companies like ZeroEyes, a Philadelphia-based security firm, are offering school districts a new way to monitor what’s going on in their classrooms, hallways and common areas: using artificial intelligence (AI).
Integrating AI with Existing Systems
AI isn’t a new technology, it’s the foundation behind many apps and voice-controlled devices; however, installing it in schools to protect students and staff from the threat of gun violence is new.
“Weapons are detected by software that works off of existing cameras,” Rob Huberty, chief operating officer at ZeroEyes, tells Parentology. He explains that the software they run is programmed to detect the types of guns typically used in mass shooter situations.
The weapon needs to be exposed (not hidden in a backpack or under clothing) for the AI to pick it up. If a gunman makes it into the building with a concealed weapon that external cameras don’t detect, interior cameras act as a second line of defense and identify the weapon as soon as it’s uncovered. From there, the system will send a series of alerts with photos and the location of where the weapon was spotted.
Officer Deborah Murillo, Mt. Holly Police, and Rob Huberty review ZeroEyes footage.
(Photo: Sheryl Raskin/ZeroEyes)
School Shooter Security AI — Always Working
ZeroEyes is constantly scanning. According to Huberty, that means it’s searching for threats 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
“If a weapon is detected the school security officers (SROs), school administrators, and 911 dispatch are alerted,” he says. These alerts are sent out in real-time, which means the master control area doesn’t need to be monitored in order for the threat to be detected and the authorities to be alerted.
False alerts are rare, but also manageable, and can quickly be taken care of by a set of human eyes. Once an alert is sent out to the three parties, the photos are immediately reviewed. This makes dealing with false alarms a quick and easy process for administrators.
The technology behind ZeroEyes is different than some other technologies being deployed. Earlier this year a New York school district was the target of an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) investigation after they announced they’d be using facial recognition software. This type of software works by profiling individuals and assessing a threat level based on a number of variables, whereas software like ZeroEyes focuses on targeting weapons.
As the 2019-2020 school year starts, many districts are starting fresh with new technologies and security systems. ZeroEyes is just one of the many options on the market right now, but the industry continues to be a growing field thanks to the rising concern surrounding the threat of gun violence in American schools.
AI School Shooter Security — Sources
Rob Huberty, chief operating officer at ZeroEyes
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Lori Alhadeff is haunted by the fact that she did not send her 14-year-old daughter to school with a bulletproof backpack. The mother of three had wanted to buy one but never got around to it. By Feb. 14, 2018, it was too late. Her first child, Alyssa, was fatally shot trying to hide under a classroom table at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. “I wish to this day that I did give that protection to Alyssa. It could have saved her life,” Alhadeff says. “Obviously, I regret that.”
After the massacre, which killed 16 others, Alhadeff bought bulletproof backpacks for her two sons, who are now 14 and 12. “I have peace in my heart for my two boys, at least, that I’m doing everything in my power to protect them,” says Alhadeff, who won’t let her sons go to school without the backpacks.
With more than 69 people killed so far in mass shootings in the U.S. in 2019, thousands of Americans like Alhadeff are seeking security through an explosion of products marketed to those scared of being shot or of losing loved ones to gun violence. Backpacks that double as shields are sold by major department stores, including Home Depot and Bed, Bath & Beyond. There are bulletproof hoodies for children as young as 6; protective whiteboards and windows; armored doors and anchors designed to keep shooters out of classrooms; and smart cameras powered by artificial intelligence that alert authorities to threats. In Fruitport, Mich., officials are building a $48 million high school specially designed to deter active shooters, with curved walls to reduce a shooter’s line of sight, bulletproof windows and a special locking system.
In 2017, U.S. schools spent at least $2.7 billion on security systems, and that’s on top of the money spent by individuals on things like bulletproof backpacks, the IHS Markit consulting firm reported. Five years ago, in 2014, the figure was about $768 million, IHS said. But school shootings haven’t decreased in frequency, and critics of the growing industry in bullet-resistant items say the only beneficiaries of these so-called security measures are the people making money off of them.
“These companies are capitalizing on parents’ fears,” says Shannon Watts, a mother of five who founded the gun control advocacy group Moms Demand Action following the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre that killed 20 first-graders and six educators.
In September, as students were returning to school, Sandy Hook Promise, a gun violence prevention nonprofit led by family members of Sandy Hook victims, released a video that used biting satire to highlight the bulletproof industry and the country’s failure to prevent mass shootings. It shows cheerful children returning for classes and using their new clothes and back-to-school supplies to save themselves and others from a shooter. One boy shows off his new skateboard, then uses it to smash a window and escape; a girl demonstrates how her new socks can be used to tie a tourniquet; another uses her jacket to lock a set of double-doors. The message is clear: these shootings should be prevented before kids get to the point of using tube socks to save classmates from bleeding to death.
But with efforts at gun control legislation stalled as the Senate refuses to take up a House-passed bill that would require background checks for private gun sales, even critics of the booming security industry concede it’s unlikely to slow down. “There’s not a parent in the country who isn’t worried that their child will be the next victim of gun violence,” Watts says.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been more than 330 mass shootings—in which at least four people other than the shooter were injured or killed—so far this year in the United States. This summer alone, 31 people were killed in back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio and another 10 died in attacks in Gilroy, Calif. and Odessa, Texas. In the aftermath of each tragedy, companies saw striking growth in profits. “It’s a business fueled by fear,” says Sean Burke, president of the School Safety Advocacy Council, which works with school districts and police departments.
TuffyPacks, an online retailer selling ballistic shields that are inserted into backpacks, reported up to a 500% increase in sales after the shootings in El Paso and Dayton in early August, which coincided with back-to-school shopping season. “Every time shootings occur, we see spikes in sales,” says TuffyPacks CEO Steve Naremor, 63, of Houston, Texas, who insists his company’s $129 inserts are no different from other safety equipment, like fire extinguishers and bicycle helmets. Guard Dog Security, a competing company that sells bulletproof backpacks that weigh up to 4.5 pounds and can cost up to $299, couldn’t keep up with the orders. “They were selling out faster than we could get it back in stock,” says Yasir Sheikh, its 34-year-old CEO. Sheikh—who like Naremor declined to disclose revenue figures—launched his company in 2009 but didn’t see a huge demand until Sandy Hook.
The demand that follows mass shootings prompted Vy Tran, 25, to quit her job and use $100,000 in savings and retirement funds to start selling homemade bulletproof hoodies. Her company, Wonder Hoodie, began as a side business, which she launched after her next-door neighbor, a mother of two, was shot dead in their Seattle neighborhood during an attempted robbery in 2016.
Panicked after the killing, Tran says she searched online for body armor to protect her mother and younger brother, but the products she found were either too expensive or too heavy. So Tran, a health and safety consultant, decided to make them herself, using Kevlar that she ordered online. Tran was making an average of one or two hoodies a week until 58 people were killed at a Las Vegas music festival on Oct. 1, 2017 in the worst mass shooting in modern history. Sales spiked, and there were suddenly 10 to 15 requests pouring in every day.
Vy Tran in one of her bulletproof Wonder Hoodies
Courtesy: Vy Tran
“I couldn’t keep up with the orders,” says Tran, who hired a team to help her. Wonder Hoodie has since fulfilled almost 1,000 orders for hoodies that cost up to $600 and weigh up to 9 pounds.
It’s not just young and new CEOs leaping into the growing field of gun safety products, and the merchandise isn’t all body armor. Chris Ciabarra and Lisa Falzone of Austin, Texas, launched Athena Security, a smart camera system, after they sold their first tech startup for $500 million in 2017. Athena’s software detects 900 different types of guns and can send an alert and video feed to law enforcement if it senses a threatening movement, like someone pointing a gun, according to Ciabarra. More than 40 schools, malls and businesses in the U.S. use Athena’s software, which charges $100 a month for each camera it monitors. Since schools and malls typically have 100 cameras building-wide, Athena could make more than $100,000 a year monitoring just one school. The weapons detection program has been installed in one of the two New Zealand mosques where a suspected white supremacist opened fire in March, killing 51 worshippers. After the massacre, New Zealand’s prime minister banned assault weapons. But that’s not likely to happen in the United States, says Ciabarra. Even presidential candidates during the fourth Democratic debate Tuesday night couldn’t seem to agree on how to manage assault weapons. Rep. Beto O’Rourke and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg clashed on the best way to get the weapons off the streets, whether by banning the sale of assault weapons or also instating mandatory buyback programs.
“We’re not going to change the law and forbid guns. It’s not going to happen,” Ciabarra says. “People will have weapons.”
A teacher takes part in an active shooter drill during a firearms course for teachers and administrators in Commerce City, Colorado on June 28, 2018.
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When Mike Lahiff, a former Navy Seal, launched ZeroEyes, a competing gun-detection system based in Philadelphia, he and his team of fellow veterans saw it as a continued service to the country. Lahiff, a 38-year-old father of four, hopes the U.S. will find a way to reduce gun violence and put him out of business. “If the active shooter problem goes away, and that’s the end of the company, then great,” he says, “that’s a win for me.”
While mass tragedies spark surges in sales, most of the bulletproof products on the market today, including backpacks and hoodies, would not withstand the force of the assault-style weapons commonly used in high-casualty attacks. Killers used assault-style weapons in the Sandy Hook and Parkland school shootings, as well as in El Paso and Dayton. The products would, however, protect against most handguns—the weapon of choice in the majority of U.S. gun murders in 2018, according to newly released FBI data. Handguns were used in nearly 65% of the roughly 10,000 gun murders that year, while rifles were used in about 3% of the cases, statistics show.
But spending hundreds of dollars on a hoodie or backpack is not a viable option for many people, particularly those living in lower-income neighborhoods plagued by gun violence. In St. Louis, for example—which has the highest murder rate among major cities in the nation, according to FBI data—more than 65,000 people are living below poverty, and the median household income is about $44,000, according to estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau. Even across the nation, many Americans are not prepared to handle a sudden expense of $400 or more, like replacing a broken car engine or visiting an emergency room without insurance, according to a recent report by the Federal Reserve. Nearly 30% would have to borrow or sell something to pay for the expense, and 12% would not be able to cover the expense at all, the report says.
Bulletproof whiteboards and backpack inserts at the Hardwire factory in Pocomoke City, Maryland, on March 1, 2018.
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Bulletproof products may make consumers feel safer, but they may be putting people in more danger, according to school safety experts like Michael Dorn, a former police chief for the Bibb County School District in Georgia who’s now the executive director of Safe Havens International, a nonprofit that advises schools on security. Dorn worries that in a shooting situation, students with bulletproof backpacks may expose themselves to greater risk by standing in place and holding up their packs for protection instead of running away. “A focus on the armor could result in death because people don’t focus instead on things they need to do like lock a door,” says Dorn.
The products may also be distracting officials and parents from focusing on long-term solutions to gun violence, like adequate training and stronger gun laws, critics say. School districts investing in these products are doing so, in many cases, knowing they’re not real fixes, according to Ken Trump, a school safety expert and president of the consulting firm National School Safety and Security Services. “They rely on the hardware, the technology, the gadgets, so they can focus less on the human side,” he says.
Researchers have found some evidence that so-called red flag laws, which allow courts to take guns away from potentially dangerous people, may help stop mass shootings. A recent study by the University of California Davis School of Medicine cited 21 cases in which such a law in California was used to help prevent potential mass shootings in the state. The measure exists in 16 other states and Washington, D.C.
Rather than buy body armor or conduct active shooter training drills, school officials and parents should focus more on early intervention strategies, including student-threat assessments and better student supervision, according to gun control advocates and safety experts. Dorn, who has an 11-year-old son, says he wouldn’t let his child carry a bulletproof product to school, even if it was free. “I teach him how to be alert and react rather than rely on something that’s so statistically unlikely to do any good,” he says.
Alhadeff knows the backpacks she bought for her sons are only the last layer of protection. To improve safety in other ways, she launched a national nonprofit, Make Our Schools Safe, and won a seat on the local school board, where she’s pushed for legislation to make schools safer. In February, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy enacted “Alyssa’s Law,” named for Alhadeff’s daughter, which requires every public elementary and secondary school in the state to install a silent panic alarm button. When pressed, the alarm would immediately alert local law enforcement, reducing emergency response times. On Oct. 4, a bipartisan version of the bill was introduced in Congress.
“Before the shooting, my biggest fear was whether my children would do well on their tests,” Alhadeff says. “It’s sad and unfortunate that our society has come to this.”
Despite bailout, WeWork still popular in Philly; Vanguard may revalue share holdings: ZeroEyes Spot
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In spite of a massive write-down of WeWork’s value on Tuesday, WeWork’s offices remain popular in Center City as coworking space.
Once valued at $47 billion before a failed IPO, WeWork on Tuesday was bailed out by its largest investor, SoftBank. The new deal values the company at $8 billion, stunning Wall Street and mom-and-pop investors.
But so far, it’s business as usual for tenants of WeWork, such as Benjamin Frank of the Center City Proprietors Association, which has offices at 1900 Market St.
“We’ve been here since November 2018, and we plan to stay,” Frank said, noting that the business just re-upped its contract with a 3% increase in price. “We did get an email from the new executive leadership a few weeks ago, reassuring us that all is well.”
Center City Proprietors leases office space for a few people, and “it’s not technically rent. We sign a 12-month membership contract,” he said.
Neighbors of Frank’s include other start-ups and large companies such as Chase Bank’s training facilities. Chase is opening dozens of branches in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia currently hosts five WeWork locations in different buildings around the city: Northern Liberties, 1601 and 1900 Market St., 1100 Ludlow St., and 1430 Walnut Street. Another, at 1100 Market St., was scheduled to open in November, Frank said.
As of the start of 2019, WeWork had a high occupancy rate, with more than 500 companies in its Philadelphia spaces, which totaled roughly 110,000 square feet of space and 2,500 desks.
Marc Kramer, executive director of the Angel Venture Fair, said many of the start-ups with which he consults have offices at WeWork. Among them are Nth Round, which rents WeWork space at 1900 Market, Kramer said.
“It’s a father-and-son operation, a cool company,” he said. “That said, I’m not sure why WeWork got the valuation that they did. Other companies like Regus and American Executive have been doing the same business for years. The only difference was WeWork had couches.”
“In the end, they need big companies to sign up and rent space for a long period,” he added.
Among companies that started at WeWork and have since moved is ZeroEyes, a security and video analytics provider that sells systems to schools to scan for assault rifles and other weapons. Started by a group of Navy SEALs, ZeroEyes developed an artificial intelligence product aimed at alerting first responders in school shootings.
“We have since moved into the Pennovation Center on 3401 Grays Ferry Ave. in August 2019,” cofounder and CEO Mike Lahiff said by email. “It’s a great spot, plus it’s in an opportunity zone.”
ZeroEyes pays $1,800 for the Pennovation space, which includes a basement for servers and equipment, access to other warehouses for potential expansion, and free parking.
Before the scuttled IPO, WeWork was valued at $47 billion, or roughly $110 a share. But after a disastrous filing with securities regulators and outlandish behavior by the outgoing CEO, WeWork failed to go public earlier this year.
At Tuesday’s valuation of $8 billion, those same shares are currently valued at about $18.
As a result, mutual fund investors including Fidelity and the local fund complex Vanguard, based in Malvern, may have to write down the value of private company shares purchased in WeWork.
Vanguard U.S. Growth and Vanguard Growth Annuity both hold roughly 465,000 shares combined between the two funds in WeWork, said Jeffrey DeMaso of the Adviser Investments newsletter.
“That’s less than a half-percent of the value of each fund,” he said, so the effect on investors would be minimal.
“It’s always a risk that comes with buying private companies in mutual funds. It’s amazing how the narrative has changed. A year ago, everyone was wondering what can we do if mutual funds can’t invest in these private companies? Is the American public missing out on this growth? Now we’re getting stories that they have backfired. So maybe it’s not so terrible that mutual funds are limited in how much they can invest,” he said.
Vanguard spokesman Charles Kurtz said, “Per company policy, we cannot comment on the valuation of specific securities.”
“Vanguard’s private-company valuations are determined by an independent committee, which is separate from our portfolio managers. When calculating the fair market value of a company, the committee considers a variety of factors, including offering price, financial performance, market conditions, corporate actions, and guidance from external advisers,” he added.
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NJ school becomes first in US to implement new anti-school shooter tech
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Posted: Jul 10, 2019 8:16 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 10, 2019 8:16 PM EDT
MOUNT HOLLY –
A Burlington County high school has become the first school in the nation to implement new anti-school shooter technology.
Rancocas Valley Regional High School will now utilize the ZeroEyes threat detection system to be installed on all of the school’s security cameras. School officials say that with the perceived increase of school shootings around the country, it was time to improve safety.
“Our parents send their children to school and expect them to be safe every day,” says Superintendent Dr. Chris Heilig.
ZeroEyes is a Philadelphia-based company started by former Navy Seals. The software program connects directly to a school’s surveillance system.
“It is actively being watched by artificial intelligence and it’s searching for guns at all moments,” says ZeroEyes COO Rob Huberty.
If an armed assailant were to show up at the school, the program sends an alert with their location so first responders could get advanced noticed. Huberty says that a notification can be sent in under three seconds.
“Once I get that alert, I’m going to notify central communications. If they have an already been notified themselves and I’m going to respond to that threat,” says Mount Holly Police School Resource Officer Deborah Murillo.
Murillo says that she has been training with a team from ZeroEyes for months by going over the more than 200 camera locations on the campus.
“It’s another layer with the other things that we already have in place to make this the safest place possible,” Heilig says.
It costs the district about $15,000 per year for the service.
How former Navy SEALs use artificial intelligence to make schools safer
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BY Michael Hill, Correspondent | July 12, 2019, 4PM EST
Dustin is posing as an active shooter armed with an assault rifle. He’s roaming the halls of Rancocas Valley Regional High School. If he thinks he’s undetected looking to prey on the unsuspecting, he’d be completely wrong. ZeroEyes detects weapons out in the open through the school’s numerous cameras — watching, recording and reporting his every step.
“We use artificial intelligence. We’ve tested a couple different model architectures and we use that over existing security cameras using different types of GPUs to be able to digest those video feeds, run analytics over it looking for a weapon and then sending the alert out,” said Mike Lahiff, CEO of ZeroEyes.
The alert goes out in a flash to law enforcers and administrators with video of Dustin’s movements and location. Notifications, not just on a desktop or big screen, but through an app on the cellphone of Mount Holly Police Officer and School Resource Officer Debra Murillo.
“Instantly, I would get on my police radio and notify first responders that I have a possible threat on location. I will also notify the school staff on my school radio to let them know to place the school in lockdown. Once the school is in lockdown, I’ll be making my way toward that threat,” said Murillo.
The high-tech security system is relying on artificial intelligence to make a real difference.
“I hope that we can actually save lives. That is the bottom line. I think if we can give first responders this great intelligence right away we can save lives,” said Rob Huberty, COO for ZeroEyes.
Huberty and Lahiff are former Navy SEALs, redeploying their active shooter response experiences with their families in mind. Both of their wives teach school.
“When we looked at solutions, everything was what we call to the right of bang so it was after shots already were already fired, or it’s hardening facilities, adding more guards. But all these places already have security cameras. What could we do, force multiplier effect, but then leverage those security cameras to be proactive so hopefully get to the left of bang and decrease those response times,” said Lahiff.
Lahiff says the technology would have been useful in some recent school shootings in detecting guns carried out in the open either approaching schools or in the hallways. Rancocas superintendent Dr. Chris Heilig says he welcomes another layer of security, one that’s nearly invisible.
“This keeps the nurturing feel of the school district without the feel that you may get when there’s a metal detector when you’re walking in,” Heilig said.
The co-founders say ZeroEyes has minimal false negatives and false positives and software upgrades are improving results as they get ready for September and the challenge of keeping thousands of students and school workers safe.
NEW SCHOOLS BEING DESIGNED WITH GUN VIOLENCE IN MIND
written by Lauren Wellbank September 24, 2019
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It’s back-to-school season, which for many parents means a return to worrying about the rising instances of gun violence in American schools. The threat of an active shooter, although statistically low, remains a concern for many parents and students as another new school year begins.
To combat these concerns, and increase campus safety, some schools are now being designed and upgraded with these fears in mind.
School Security: Bulletproof Buildings
While the fundamentals of school design still remain the same — building individual classrooms, creating hallways that can accommodate large groups of children moving between periods and designing common areas that are both open and functional — there are a few things experts are doing differently when it comes to designing schools for kids known as “Generation Lockdown.” The biggest change: they’re making it harder for gunmen to access their targets.
A Famous Example
Sandy Hook Elementary School is an example of these new designs in action. According to an article that appeared on Slate earlier this year, the updated elementary school features bulletproof glass, doors are magnetized and controlled by a “centralized lockdown button” which allows administrators to close them all simultaneously, and the building is surrounded by a rain garden which acts as a natural barrier to keep intruders from approaching through the exterior windows.
Although the school is heavily fortified, visitors say you wouldn’t know it just by walking through the building. Security features are carefully hidden and serve dual-purposes, helping the building to retain the appearance of being a place of learning instead of the impenetrable fortress that it strives to be.
An Expert Opinion on School Safety
ZeroEyes Active Shooter Simulation, photo via Sheryl Raskin
School security expert Rob Huberty is the chief operating officer for ZeroEyes, an AI-powered video analytics company with technology that detects weapons and recognizes faces in real-time. He explains to Parentology that while security should be a priority at schools, it shouldn’t feel like, well, security.
“We need to leverage technology in order to have a safer, more open schools,” Huberty says. He suggests using areas that are naturally designed to channel foot traffic as a way to leverage security systems. “The use of cameras, lighting, and pathways leading into the school are simple, cost-effective ways to make schools safer.”
Above all else though, Huberty doesn’t believe a “safe school” should look any different. “Schools need to remain a place for nurturing and growth,” he says. “They should not become impenetrable fortresses.”
School Security — Sources
Rob Huberty, chief operating officer at ZeroEyes
Schools Need Weapon Detection Technology
Jessica Davis writes for Security Today. Recently she covered the news that ZeroEyes has their weapon detection technology installed at Rancocas Valley Regional High School. You can read her full article on the subject here. Former Navy SEALs and other military veterans started ZeroEyes with a simple but difficult mission. They want to stop school shootings. Their technology makes existing security camera systems more intelligent. In addition, they give much needed situational awareness to first responders.
Rob Huberty, ZeroEyes’ COO shares about his team’s military experience. He believes this is part of what makes them and their solution unique.
“I think it allows us to know the tactics of what a first responder really needs…I understand how scared you can be in situations where your life is on the line, and I want to give only the information that matters.”
ZeroEyes and Rancocas Valley Regional High School are testing a pilot program right now. The goal of this is to train the weapon detection technology to understand the nuances of this facility. There are so many people who are scared right now. A lot of solutions are being proposed to prevent these kinds of situations from occurring. Many of them are coming from a good place, but they are unlikely to be effective. Given the nature of the mentality of a school shooter, it is especially difficult to predict.
Therefore, it is incumbent on society at large to make the best use of what we have. For the ZeroEyes system, all they need are access to the security cameras which are already in place. Almost every school has some form of security camera installed already. By taking the feeds from those cameras and running them through the weapon detection technology ZeroEyes created, those cameras are now an alert system.
Christopher Heilig is Rancocas Valley’s superintendent. He says it best when he says,
“This product will add another layer of security for us as educators…it’s an unbelievable product. In the end, the more you have, the better off you are and the more secure students are.”
How Can Technology Help Prevent School Shootings?
6ABC Philadelphia recently interviewed the ZeroEyes team. The news station was interested in learning about the company and what they’re doing to help prevent school shootings. You can view the entire news story and video of their coverage here. This news story focused on the installation ZeroEyes has been testing in a Burlington County school in New Jersey. Rancocas Valley Regional High School is one of the first schools in the country to implement this new software technology.
“Superintendents wake up every single day and think about safety and security for the students” – Dr. Chris Heilig, Superintendent of Rancocas Valley School District
Teaching Cameras To Be Prevention Tools
CEO of ZeroEyes Mike Lahiff is a former Navy SEAL. He knows the meaning of ‘active shooter scenario’ better than most. Some of his co-founders are also former SEALs. Their military training makes them uniquely equipped to tackle this horrible growing trend in America. Mike says, “…if you can detect a face, a car, all these different objects through cameras, we can detect guns and send alerts to decrease response times for first responders and mitigate the threat from active shooters.”
In addition to detecting a weapon on camera, the ZeroEyes system can send alerts. Every day the system learns how to detect guns more effectively. Every week the ZeroEyes team is on school property showing the cameras toy guns, to train the machine to learn. Artificial intelligence is often thought of as some kind of science fiction. In reality, it is currently a process that requires human beings to program it. We are teaching these systems how to do what they’re doing.
School Officials Are Hopeful Now
Deborah Murillo is a school resource officer. She said, “It is almost impossible for us to monitor cameras constantly…it’s actually very helpful because our first responders would like to know exactly where the threat is inside the building.” That key bit of information can’t be understated. It will always be difficult to predict when a school shooting might occur. However, in the past, information about the location of a shooter, what kind of weapons they had, or how many shooters there were was impossible to obtain. Previously, security cameras were largely only able to provide forensic value.
Sending alerts with camera information is a game changer.
“It’s really made us better as far as safety and security. We’re sold on it,” Dr. Chris Heilig.
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