Category: School Security

School Security ZeroEyes in the News

NJ School Tests Weapon Detection Technology

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.”

Posted by Matt B
School Security ZeroEyes in the News

Technology To Prevent School Shootings

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.
 

See the article on 6ABC News Philadelphia HERE.

Posted by Matt B
AI Detection School Security ZeroEyes in the News

Defending Against School Shootings

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Details Companies That Provide Defense For School Shootings
The CBC recently recognized ZeroEyes as a piece of the solution to stopping school shootings. Skip to 3:45 to see ZeroEyes in this piece. CEO Mike Lahiff speaks with the host about gun detection. The benefits to this kind of technology are immense. ZeroEyes has their sights set on school security to make school safe again. While the team recognizes this kind of prevention is a piece of the puzzle, the problem runs much deeper.

Furthermore, the CBC covered this same story in an article on their website. You can read that story in full here. In his interview with the CBC, CEO Mike Lahiff said,
“My wife’s a school teacher…and I got tired of turning on the news and seeing active shooter events almost every week. It’s disgusting. And there’s not really a good solution out there.”
Using Technology To Stop School Shootings
There are a lot of benefits to having AI supporting your school security staff and local police. It is impossible to have people watching every security camera feed all the time. Our brains and eyes are only capable of processing so much. However, when we know what we need to do we can jump into action with the best possible information available. That’s what ZeroEyes is all about.

This company gives first responders the situational awareness they need to keep themselves and other people safe. Hopefully there is never another school shooting. Unfortunately it seems like they may keep happening unless there are additional security measures put into practice. ZeroEyes is not the only solution, but it is an integral cog in the wheel.

Posted by Matt B
Diverse Student Group
School Security ZeroEyes in the News

Enhancing Student Safety With AI

Rethinking Student Safety
Caleb Jones, one of the founders of ZeroEyes said, “It’s hard to be in an environment to focus and learn when you’re scared.” As a result of this realization, ZeroEyes was formed. The founders of this company are former Navy SEALs. After coming back from service, Caleb and his team were still seeking a way to contribute to society. This desire to protect people lead them to start ZeroEyes. Recently Caleb was featured in his home town’s paper, Citizen Tribune talking about his commitment to student safety.

You can read that entire article here.
A Band Of Brothers Dedicated To Student Safety
They wanted to take on a big challenge in the world where their skills and experience were most valuable. “We shifted all of our focus to solving that problem,” Caleb said. “That problem” he’s talking about is the rise of school shootings in America.
“For those of us who served in the military, being veterans means we take protecting people very seriously too…”
Jones believes that it’s equally important to remember that safety and security professionals need better protection. Currently there are so few products on the market that give situational awareness to first responders or on-site security professionals. This needs to change if we’re going to actually provide student safety solutions.
Technology Is Only The Beginning
“As a result, we use Artificial Intelligence to actively monitor camera feeds to detect weapons. In fact, our technology can decrease response time which could save lives. The veterans on this team recognize the need for increased safety in civilian life. Finally, we know it’s our duty to provide whatever we can to the public to increase a general feeling of safety.”
That’s the commitment coming from ZeroEyes. These veterans are doing all they can to continue protecting their country. Student safety is in their sights, and schools are beginning to recognize the benefit of gun detection technology.

Posted by Matt B
Sam With Toy Gun
News School Security

Weapons Detection Is “Eye Opening”

Weapons Detection Technology
A recent article in the Intelligencer, “Area school districts eyeing up weapons detection systems” provides great insight into the ZeroEyes solution. Writer Christian Menno covers the story. There is a clear need for added layers of security within school systems now. A growing trend of active shooter scenarios and rising anxiety about such events is the root cause. Weapons detection technology makes it possible for school officials to have greater situational awareness than ever before.

Menno’s article covers a recent demonstration ZeroEyes performed for Access Security. ZeroEyes’ Dustin Brooks and Sam Alaimo are both former Navy SEALs. This military experience uniquely equips the ZeroEyes team to address these dangerous situations. Brooks says, “We know what an active shooter scenario looks like…we know what these people involved are thinking and how they feel.” This is their greatest differentiator compared to other weapons detection solutions on the market.
Putting Weapons Detection To The Test
One of the challenges with this kind of technology is being able to test it’s accuracy. For the last several months, ZeroEyes has been developing its machine learning algorithm at Rancocas Valley Regional High School. Periodically the ZeroEyes team shows up on site with plastic guns they show to existing security cameras. In addition, the images are processed in real time using ZeroEyes AI software. From these images, the machine learns how to better detect weapons on camera. Over time the AI becomes stronger, and better able to perform its function.

One of the integral parts of this detection system are the alerts. ZeroEyes’ system is not only able to identify weapons, but they can capture information and send it to the appropriate authorities. The information a security camera captures includes things like: the number of shooters, what weapons they have, where they are located, where they are going, etc. This is vital information for first responders or on-site security officers. However, without that kind of intelligence, people are largely moving blind. Therefore, this new kind of data could save seconds, which can save lives.
Seconds Matter
One of the attendees at the demonstration was Val Ridge, Bensalem’s safety and security coordinator. Previously, Ridge was a Bensalem police officer for about 11 years. Ridge said,
“If we can provide that one extra layer of security, I’m looking for it…these guys have lived it. They know it. Seconds matter. They understand what those seconds mean.”
Another impressed attendee was Tony Keokham, Neshaminy’s Facilities Supervisor. He referred to weapons detection as the “first line of defense.” It is definitely not the sole or only line of defense, but it can provide a tremendous amount of security and peace of mind.

Posted by Matt B
Security Camera Looking Up
AI Detection News School Security ZeroEyes in the News

Discussing Gun Detection Tech With WBIR NBC 10

What Is Gun Detection Tech?
In some sense this is a straightforward phrase. Gun detection tech is software that can read camera feeds to detect if a gun is present. Security cameras are fed into a computer and analyzed using an algorithm to determine whether or not a gun is on camera. ZeroEyes then sends that information to the appropriate authorities.

Schools in America desperately need something like this to help protect students and teachers. In the past 20 years there have been far too many incidents of violence on school properties. ZeroEyes is a company which was founded by former Navy SEALs. The mission of the company is to stop school shootings. Recently, Caleb Jones of ZeroEyes sat down with WBIR NBC 10 to discuss the company.

Caleb says, “I can’t think of a more difficult problem to solve, or a more impactful problem than the violence that we’re seeing in school today.” Watch the full news story here:


Gun Detection Tech Innovation
What Caleb says is true. “Something has to be done now…” In like manner, too many conversations about this topic devolve into a political argument. ZeroEyes provides a part of the solution. Theirs enables cameras to see guns. Security cameras can become even more powerful with this technology. “In a nutshell it’s a – a weapon is seen on a camera, the computer identifies that, sends the alert…” Ultimately technology like this will give first responders more time. Additionally, we need to find ways to get this technology into schools affordably.

That potential could save valuable seconds at a crucial time.
“A computer never gets complacent…”
Gun detection tech is secure. It is constantly learning. Over time ZeroEyes gun detection tech will actually improve. Therefore it will never get complacent. “Again, if you’re holding a stick like a gun, even the human’s gonna be like, ‘hey is that a gun?'”

This company exists to provide people predictive, preventative support. There is no way to predict when a school shooting will occur. The only way to prepare for it is to have the best possible information in the hands of the people who need it most. Quickly. At the end of the day it’s about saving lives.

Caleb says it best when he says,
“…if we could save one life I would call it the greatest success of…my life.”

Posted by Matt B
School Security

Practicing Being Empathetic

Practicing Being Empathetic
There is a clear correlation between school shootings and a lack of an empathetic environment. Many school shooters have a history of behavioral problems, mental health issues, and feelings of alienation. Some were abused at home. Moreover, this kind of neglect appears to be a root cause, and leading indicator of these kinds of violent offenders. Stopping any future school shooting is a noble and worthwhile task. However, it is impossible to predict when one will occur. That is why it is so important for education to focus on developing empathetic practices to develop students and faculty.
What Does Being Empathetic Look Like?
Elliot D. Cohen Ph.D. wrote about improving relationships in her article “How to Be Empathetic.” Not everybody is naturally empathetic. Therefore, we need to also have patience for those who are learning how to relate better to others. Cohen discusses the difference between understanding empathy as a state of mind compared to a character trait. He says, “As a state of mind, empathy involves resonating with what is going on in the subjective world of another.” In other words, can you actually comprehend how another person is viewing the world.

Whether or not you agree with it. You may be adamantly opposed to their subjective view of the world. But being empathetic as a state of mind involves being able to at least wrap your head around another person’s view of the world.

As a character trait, Cohen describes empathy being a more natural or typical state of mind. This formulation can be useful in identifying somebody’s ability or capacity for being empathetic towards another. If a person can only muster empathy as a (temporary) state of mind they may need support in developing it as a character trait. Those with empathetic tendencies as a character trait may be best suited to help develop others to have the same character trait.
Laura Click’s 31 Statements To Practice
Laura Click is an entrepreneur, marketer, and writer. She published an article on Medium regarding how people can practice being more empathetic. For those who have empathy as a character trait these kinds of statements may be naturally infused in their dialogue. Similarly, for those who are developing their state of mind to be more frequently empathetic, these maybe conversation starters to keep in mind.

Examples from Click’s article:

“I’m in your corner.”
“I’m proud of you.”
“What has this been like for you?”

Empathetic Leadership
In a school system, empathetic leadership could lead to a safer environment. Students can stand out by being kind to those who are bullied around them. Simple acts of kindness can go a long way for somebody who feels dejected or outcasted. But it should not be the students’ responsibilities to make their schools safer. It is up to teachers to look out for their students. Furthermore, administrators too must find new ways to relate to young people. Regardless of the challenges we face, joining together and understanding each other makes a difference.

Posted by Matt B
Security Guard
AI Detection School Security

Helping Security Guards With Situational Awareness

Security Guards Deserve Better Intelligence
School shootings are a horrible reality now. Walkie talkie communications are insufficient if there is no visual of the perpetrator(s). 911 is only available once a shooting has begun, and somebody calls. In many instances it is simply too late for security guards, because there is too much lag time. Between the moment a shooter is on site, to the time they bare their weapon and begin firing, a lot of time passes.
Have ZeroEyes Analyzing Your Camera Feeds For Your Security Guards
By having gun detection on your camera systems, they become more intelligent. First the camera detects a gun. Then proper authorities receive an alert. Using that intelligence first responders and security guards can spring into action. Then a trigger for access controls closes doors and locks them. A security guard can be given location data and images of the shooter so they can help people to safety. Therefore if security guards were able to have access to this information they could save valuable seconds, or minutes, in saving more lives.
The Federal Commission On School Safety
In 2018 President Donald J. Trump appointed U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to lead the Federal Commission on School Safety. She provides meaningful and actionable recommendations to protect schools and students. No one-size-fits-all solution to this complex problem exists. But it is promising to know that the Federal government is taking action towards making our schools safer.
Security Guards Provide A General Sense Of Safety
Security guards provide a general sense of safety within a school. They should not be given the pressure of stopping an active shooter. Their role in protecting students and faculty could be better positioned to usher people to safety. Rather than having to engage in live fire with an active shooter, security professionals need better situational awareness to allow them to protect people.

Nevertheless it is important to remember that security in schools requires a multifaceted program. There is no one-size-fits all solution. Every school has different circumstances that need to be addressed as well. If you are seeking new solutions for school security, consider making your cameras more intelligent. As a result your security guards will be safer and better able to provide a safe environment.

Posted by Matt B
School Students Safety
AI Detection School Security

Pennsylvania School Safety Bills Being Introduced

Pennsylvania School Safety Programs Will Begin At The Source
In the wake of horrendous school shootings, state lawmakers are looking for answers. Pennsylvania school safety is getting a boost from new funding. Bi-partisan politicians approved $60,000,000 to create sustained assistance to schools.

PA Rep. Dan Miller said,
“Many schools used…money (to) improve the physical safety of their buildings, but many more asked for more sustained assistance in relation to trained professionals to help connect the kids to improve learning and address problems before they occur.”
Basically, the issue is, that increasing school security does not address the root problems. Adding more cameras, armed guards, and other assets can be helpful, but they don’t help students who are troubled or struggling.

Rep. Mike Sturla from Lancaster says,
“Those are the things that we need to address in the schools and not wait until we have a tragedy like we just saw in Colorado…”
Even when analyzing Google search results for things like, “school shooting,” we see a spike in search volume immediately after an incident. In between school shootings that receive national attention, there are virtually no searches for this term. There is an instinct to avoid considering the possibility of a tragedy like this ever occurring. In any event, it is fortunate that the state of Pennsylvania is beginning to allocate more resources for preventative interventions.
Schools Need Even More Support
Rich Askey, President of the Pennsylvania State Education Associations notes, “These talented and dedicated people are spread so thin and wear so many different hats that they just can’t do everything they’d like to do for our children.” That is a huge problem we need to address as a society. Our schools should be some of the safest places for young people to go. It should be a major priority to provide these institutions what they need to ensure the safety and security of all students & faculty.
Improvements Take Time
More improvements to school safety must be made. Those improvements will take time, effort, and money to address. Therefore, as different attempts are made, people must be patient. Some solutions can address preventative measures. Others will be defensive in nature. A well rounded approach will yield the best results. The sad an uncomfortable truth is that school shootings are haphazard events which are difficult to predict.

What we can all hope for is that the root causes of this kind of violence are discovered and dealt with successfully. No student should ever be alienated to the point they take such drastic devastating action.

As a result, ZeroEyes will continue to create solutions to keep children safe in the unfortunate event tragedy strikes.

Posted by Matt B
Stop Sign
School Security

What Can We Do To Stop School Shootings?

How Can We Stop School Shootings?
Unfortunately, there is definitely not a single answer for how to stop school shootings. As a society we need to look at how we are treating ourselves and each other. Recently there was another act of senseless violence in Colorado. One mother spoke to CNN to discuss her experience. You can read the full article about Cami Brainard here. Her son was in school when a shooting spree erupted. “…he’s going to be scarred for the rest of his life,” Cami says. Too often people do not consider the emotional toll on those who survive these kinds of incidents.
The Root Cause Is Social
Investigate most cases of school shooters and you will find teenage boys who are bullied, abused, or otherwise socially outcasted. In some instances technology exacerbates already existing social problems. However, it is also possible that technology can help to stop another school shooting in the future. It is incumbent upon education and security professionals to bridge the gap to find interdisciplinary solutions. While this seems to be common knowledge, there are still people who are getting lost or disregarded within the education system. Those individuals who feel the most hopeless deserve help.
Everybody Wants To Stop School Shootings
All sides of the political spectrum want to create a safer environment for young people in schools. The methods or means to do so are what is under debate. While some feel comfortable having armed teachers or security officials in schools, that may not work everywhere. There is a real opportunity for politicians who may otherwise be opponents, to come together to solve this issue together.
Gun Detection Is A Critical Component
There is no magic pill that can solve this problem. Gun detection is a critical component to stop school shootings because it provides better situational awareness for first responders and security professionals. A facility can become immediately more efficient at providing key information during the unfortunate event an active shooter engages on campus with gun detection technology.

Posted by Matt B