Mount Holly, N.J. (AUGUST 29, 2022) – Rancocas Valley Regional High School (RVRHS) held an annual active shooter training event on Wednesday, Aug. 17, prior to the start of the new school year. This is the district’s fourth year in a row utilizing A.I. weapon detection technology called ZeroEyes.
ZeroEyes A.I. has the ability to detect firearms and notify law enforcement and school officials within 3-5 seconds from the time a gun is brandished. The system uses text messages and other applications to share real-time threat intelligence, including images and a description of the gunman and weapon, along with live location updates.
“We all know what the ultimate goal is here – maintaining the safety of our students and our staff,” said RVRHS Superintendent Christopher Helig, Ed.D. “Our local law enforcement officers run these training drills each year to coordinate and practice a response to an armed individual on campus. When we combine their skill sets with ZeroEyes technology, we gain a clear advantage over anyone who would attempt harm.”
RVRHS has fully integrated the highly advanced ZeroEyes gun detection system, which overlays existing security cameras throughout the high school’s hallways and classrooms. When a weapon is detected, the 24/7/365 ZeroEyes Operations Center verifies the weapon, and the notification system alerts school officials and first responders.
In the August 17th training event with local law enforcement and New Jersey State Police, ZeroEyes reduced officer response time by nearly 2/3rds, including the time needed to make direct contact with the armed individual. The response time for the officers to reach the “gunman” without implementing ZeroEyes was 3 minutes and 13 seconds. With ZeroEyes, officers responded and made first contact in 1 minute and 15 seconds. Minutes saved are crucial to effectively mitigating a threat and saving lives.
The integration of ZeroEyes technology is an example of the innovative security measures being utilized at RVRHS. The district manages its operating budget responsibly to continuously invest in school security, and has made grant- and bond-funded security enhancements in recent years to add new windows and security vestibules to building entrances.
ZeroEyes delivers a proactive, human-verified A.I. gun detection software solution that integrates into existing security cameras and mitigates mass shootings and gun-related violence by reducing response times, providing actionable intelligence with images and delivering clarity among chaos – ultimately saving lives. ZeroEyes’ patented solution has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a promising anti-terrorism technology and is the first video analytics technology to receive SAFETY Act DT&E Designation.
Founded by Navy SEALs and Special Operations military veterans, ZeroEyes delivers accurate and real-time actionable intelligence about the brandishing of a gun near or in an occupied area or building, to local staff and law enforcement with an image of the shooter(s) and location of the threat, within 3 to 5 seconds from the moment the gun is detected. The ZeroEyes team also provides tech consulting, installation assistance and practice drills for active shooter events to enhance safety at schools, corporate and government facilities. Headquartered in the Greater Philadelphia area, the company’s affordable and effective gun detection solution has been adopted by the US Department of Defense, leading public K-12 school districts, colleges and universities, commercial property groups, manufacturing plants, Fortune 500 corporate campuses, shopping malls, big-box retail stores and more. Learn more about ZeroEyes at ZeroEyes.com.
Rancocas Valley Regional High School is a comprehensive, four-year high school serving nearly 2,100 students in grades 9-12. Students come from a mix of small towns, rural areas, and growing suburban developments in five townships – Eastampton, Hainesport, Lumberton, Mount Holly, and Westampton. Learn more at https://www.rvrhs.com/.