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School Security

What Is The Guardian Program? Why Gun Detection Matters

A Guardian Program May Be Coming To Your School Soon
If you’re not familiar with what the “Guardian Program” is, this quick read will help you. The guardian program in Florida allows for teachers who complete a 144 hour training program to carry a gun in the classroom. A bill will be signed into law making this effective soon.

Then it will roll out fully into more school districts.

That means whether you agree with it or not, there may soon be armed teachers in schools. This program may eventually extend to your region, if you are not a resident of Florida. It is not this company’s purpose to debate gun ownership rights. The fact is that the threat of a school shooting is both very real, and terrifying for all involved. May we never have another one of these scenarios again.

You can read more on this topic in this article from Reuters.

Time also covered the topic in April of this year.
Gun Detection Is A Must Now
With the prospect of armed teachers becoming a reality, gun detection should be an obvious part of the school security discussion. If any unauthorized person with a gun is on-site at a school, there must be an alarm and alert system capable of informing the proper authorities. Teachers with guns are an absolute last resort for protecting our nation’s students. By giving police and first responders better situational awareness, gun detection can help save valuable time.
The Root Is Deeper
It is downright awful that we have to come up with solutions to stop school shootings. The horror that thousands of people have endured in this realm is unfathomable. Legislation is not the end of the conversation. There is a much more deeply rooted issue at play for young people socially. In many instances school shooters have been bullied, abused, or otherwise neglected. For school superintendents, parents, and educators in general – more must be done to connect.

In a world of constant communication, and the instant gratification of social media – it is important to slow down and listen to each other. Throughout discussions of what measures should be taken on a security level, we must not lose sight of the general problems we’re dealing with here. Finding ways to engage with students, foster collaboration, and alleviate stress appropriately is key. Everybody is different, too. There is no one-size-fits-all answer for creating a healthy environment for your school.

It is painful for people who have survived these incidents, and it is challenging to even attempt to make a difference. But we have to. We have to work together to figure out how to take better care of each other. Hopefully we can find a way forward that creates a better world for everyone.

Posted by Kristen B
School Security

Empathy vs. Sympathy Comparison

What’s The Difference Between Empathy & Sympathy Really? While empathy is the understanding and feeling of somebody’s position, sympathy has a few common definitions or general uses which differentiate it from empathy. One definition for sympathy is “feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else’s misfortune.” The other definition is “understanding between people; common feeling.” Seeing this may not shock you, but it requires investigation for school officials that are looking for ways to connect to young people today. First let’s assess the key differences between empathy & sympathy. Empathy Is From One To Another Empathy is when you’re understanding another person’s perspective & experience, or you’re actually feeling some part of it. If somebody is physically hurt, with a cut knee, for example. Empathy would be understanding “this person’s knee is cut.” As a result of that you may choose to act, for example, getting them a band-aid. If somebody tells me that they are sad about ending a romantic relationship, I may be able to empathically recall a similar situation I was in, and “feel” some of that emotional distress. Sympathy Has Conflicting Uses On the one hand, a sympathetic “common feeling” among 2 people can be a very good thing. It is a positive experience for most people to have the same feelings as another person because it binds us together. However, having “feelings of pity and sorrow” for another person can have adverse effects. First of all, just because somebody else is having “misfortune,” does not mean that they are sorrowful for themselves. They also may not have self-pity. Empathy Can Lead To Sympathy If you are empathic towards somebody’s misfortune, that means you have an understanding of it – intellectually. Moving from intellectually understanding to emotionally experiencing pity, sorrow, or a common shared feeling requires a deft & skilled individual. This is why guidance counselors in schools, psychologists, and other mental health professionals are so important. They provide people with empathy, sympathy, and a remedy. They are also able to separate themselves from an individual without adopting a shared upsetting experience. Supporting People Who Need Both Young people today have challenges they have to face which many of the older generations did not. With technology like social media and cell phones, it is easier than ever to have a negative body image, and harder to stop bullying. Young people are feeling much more lonely, anxious, and depressed – at an alarming rate. These are factors that contribute to the conditions present in potential and actual school shooters. It is important that students have empathetic listeners, and professional sympathetic support if necessary.  There is no simple solution. But practicing listening carefully, and being interested in those who get left behind socially can be a start.
Posted by seanau
AI Detection School Security

Your Security Cameras Can Be Even More Useful

Turning Existing Security Cameras Into Security Guards
Many security cameras installed today are high resolution enough to be utilized with ZeroEyes technology. This capacity to retrofit makes the product much more accessible. With an additional server rack, and the time to install, your facility can begin improving upon your security very quickly. Every educational facility deserves to provide a healthy learning environment for everybody involved.
Comparing Alternatives
One of the problems with certain security measures is that they end up causing more anxiety. The sheer visibility of metal detectors in schools can make people feel uncomfortable. While providing an unfortunately necessary protocol to protect people from an unexpected disaster, you can create a toxic environment. It may be required in some places to have high security checks but in schools it is best if the protection can be relatively unnoticed.

The notion of arming teachers makes many people nervous. Without weighing in on whether or not that is a viable strategy for defense, it can be agreed that this could add significant worry & concern for people. Just as in the case of adding metal detectors or other machinery for people to check in with at the entrance, introducing more weapons on the premises does not generally increase a feeling of calm.
Funding
Many states have a surplus of funding available to them for school security measures. There are simply not enough solutions to accommodate the current needs. People do not know what to do with their available resources. The typical tactics taken to make improvements have been adding armed security guards or teachers, metal detectors, and increasing the number of cameras. As previously stated, the first two solutions tend to increase anxiety and make people feel less safe. Adding security cameras may be helpful for places that lack coverage. However, it is still infeasible for a human being to monitor hundreds of cameras every day, especially when the likelihood of an incident occurring is (thankfully) fairly low.

Adding support to already existing security cameras is an excellent way to make efficient use of state & federal funding to improve school security.
Added Value
While horrible, and increasing in frequency, a school shooting is still a very rare occurrence. Hopefully ZeroEyes technology  never detects a weapon on any of your security cameras. During normal operations, ZeroEyes can still support school personnel in monitoring the school.

Posted by Kristen B
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Weapon Recognition Technology Education

Technology Education For School Superintendents
The ZeroEyes solution requires a dedicated server box to run efficiently. 911 emergency responders can utilize the user interface to access critical information. Also, school administrators or security resource officers can have access to the mobile version for receiving alerts about the location of on-site threats. Therefore, the reach of this technology becomes widespread. 

An additional desktop version of the user interface can be available on site. With this desktop version, security guards on-site can receive real-time information. Others can receive that information depending on system protocols. 
How Does It Work?
This software solution “reads” the feeds from all of your cameras. The software determines when a weapon is detected through a sophisticated processing engine, and archived analytics. When a weapon is detected, an alert is delivered to inform whoever it is programmed to inform. That process all occurs in mere moments, allowing for much faster response times with more information than people have had in these situations in the past.

ZeroEyes’ machine learning and development team have spent thousands of hours “teaching” their algorithm how to detect a gun when one appears on screen. This helps the artificial intelligence get better over time.
Incorporating Into Drills
Technology education for those involved with the implementation of active shooter drills is important. Teachers, administrators, and security resource officers should all have facility with ZeroEyes technology to make active shooter drills more effective, and less invasive. Recently, drills intended to simulate reality have left physical or emotional scars on people involved. At ZeroEyes, there is a commitment to decrease anxiety, and increase empowerment for superintendents and other school officials.

Posted by Kristen B
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School Security

Defining Empathy For School Safety & Security

How Can We Be More Empathetic?
Google dictionary defines empathy as “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.” While this may sound obvious to some, there are an overwhelming number of people who actually don’t know what empathy is. Despite being talked about frequently the concept of empathy can be difficult to grasp or hard to know how to practice. It is something people tend to do intrinsically to some extent with those close to them, like with family. Therefore, it is important to introduce this in other environments.
Design Thinking Can Help
David M. Kelley, the founder of IDEO consultancy, conceived of “Design thinking” as a discipline. The basic premise of this process is to begin with empathy for the end user. For us, the primary individuals we set out to protect are students & educators. By learning about what makes people actually feel safe and cared for, we have been able to develop a technology that can protect people effectively. More educational programs for children are introducing the methodology of design thinking now. 

“Wicked problems,” are a concept within the context of design thinking. Wicked problems in a design thinking context refer to those especially “tricky” problems that can also be hard to define. They do not necessarily refer to “wicked” meaning “evil,” though in the case of school shootings that definition surely applies as well. While creating a sense of safety & security in schools seems obvious, the actual root cause of the problem often gets missed.
Extreme Measures Can Create More Anxiety
Beginning with empathic thinking gave us insight into the common problems caused by certain proposed solutions. Having armed personnel on school premises may be a preventative measure. However, this still misses the empathic insight. Metal detectors are effective at determining whether or not a person has a gun in their possession. However, both of these options actually induce more anxiety in students & educators. Think for yourself. Would you want to enter a building every day with these kinds of security measures?

Would they make you feel more safe or uneasy?

Even adding more cameras can give people an undo sense of panic. By providing a solution to strengthen the power of already existing camera technology, we are able to increase security, add a layer of safety, and avoid increasing the level of anxiety people feel in a location that should be filled with joy & wonder.

Posted by seanau