Weapon Recognition Technology Provides Real-Time Response
In the wake of school shooting incidents over the past 10 years, people are anxious about creating safe environments. The ability to detect weapons on premises is unfortunately a necessity now. Cameras are already in place at most schools. There are also no clear causes or indications of when a school shooting will occur. Therefore, it would be infeasible to have a human security guard watch all cameras all the time.
ZeroEyes has created weapon recognition technology to provide real-time information to those who protect people if the worst happens. By using open source software, and products from IBM, Dell, and Nvidia, ZeroEyes’ weapon recognition technology allows schools to save time in the event of an on-site threat. While the algorithm and supporting technology ZeroEyes has developed is proprietary, some of the work to build it has included thousands of hours of manual detection, and programming of artificial intelligence.
A Weapon Or Not A Weapon
The simplest way to understand how this technology works, is to know the rudiments of artificial intelligence programming. Essentially, the process is teaching a computer a detection task. But the machine needs to be taught. That is why our team actively trains the machine to become better. This involves a series of tests, and checks, to determine how well the machine is beginning to identify the difference between what a weapon looks like, and what a weapon does not look like. At its core, weapon recognition technology is an ability for cameras to determine when a weapon is seen. Rather than being blind to hundreds of cameras, we enable you to see them all.
ZeroEyes technology improves itself with machine learning. The software is beginning to make its own determinations about what is or is not a weapon. This is going to result in an improved rate of response, and decreased “false-positive” rate. The team actively trains the algorithm at installation sites where the ZeroEyes technology is in place. A typical active shooter in these scenarios has been an untrained 16 year old boy. ZeroEyes is teaching their program how to spot a weapon held by a trained Navy SEAL. This enhanced capability sets ZeroEyes apart from other weapon recognition technology companies too.
The Future Of Protection
Obviously we all hope that there is never another school shooting. These tragic events must be addressed, and that has to happen at the interpersonal level. What ZeroEyes technology can do to support the future of protecting students, teachers, and administrators – is provide the freedom to keep “zero eyes” on camera systems. This cannot be a school’s only measure for increased safety, but nevertheless it should be at the core of their security protocols.