ZeroEyes, creators of the AI-based gun detection video analytics platform that holds a DHS SAFETY Act Designation – and a Platinum Award Champion in the 2023 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program – has been selected by Woodbine Community School District in Woodbine, Iowa, to protect students, faculty, and staff from individuals attempting to bring illegal guns onto the campus.
U.S. school shooting rates continue to surge, with the latest occurring this week, approximately 90 miles East of Woodbine in Perry, Iowa.
(Officials say a 17-year-old student fired on classmates at a school in Perry, Iowa, Thursday morning, killing sixth grader and wounding five others with non-life-threatening injuries. Courtesy of CBS News an YouTube. Posted on Jan 4, 2024.)
Woodbine Community School District, a rural pre-K-12 public school district that operates two schools and serves 500+ students, adopted ZeroEyes to address these growing safety concerns.
“We are dedicated to enhancing school safety so that our teachers can focus on education and students can concentrate on learning,” explained Justin Wagner, the Superintendent of Woodbine Community Schools.
“Choosing ZeroEyes means instant verification, validation, and communication to local law enforcement of anyone wishing to harm students or staff with a gun.”
“Their outstanding team and 24/7/365 in-house operations center provide us with the utmost confidence that we are providing the most advanced notification system available.”
“This is an important step in a series of proactive mitigation and safety precautions we are taking to keep students and staff safe.”
If ZeroEyes detects a gun on campus, the proactive AI gun detection and intelligent situational awareness software will instantly send images to the ZeroEyes Operation Center (ZOC), staffed by specially trained U.S. military and law enforcement veterans, 24/7/365.
These experts will verify the threat and dispatch alerts and actionable intelligence, including visual description, gun type, and last known location of the suspect, to local Woodbine staff and first responders in as fast as 3 to 5 seconds from detection.
“We’re proud to see Woodbine Community Schools adopt our AI gun detection technology,” added Mike Lahiff, CEO and co-founder, ZeroEyes. We see it as our duty to help create a safer learning environment for children.”
“We hope to see a day where schools are free from violence, ensuring students, parents, and staff can live without fear of gun-related threats.”
(Meet ZeroEyes CEO, Mike Lahiff, and hear the ZeroEyes story. Courtesy of ZeroEyes and YouTube.)
ZeroEyes delivers a proactive, human-verified AI gun detection software solution that integrates into existing digital security cameras and helps to mitigate 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. It is the first video analytics technology to receive SAFETY Act DT&E Designation.
Founded by Navy SEALs, Special Operations military veterans, and technologists, ZeroEyes dispatches accurate and real-time actionable intelligence about the illegal brandishing of a gun.
Should a gun be drawn near or in an occupied area or building, ZeroEyes will notify local staff and law enforcement with an image of the shooter(s) and the location of the threat as fast as 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 U.S. Department of Defense, leading public K-12 school districts, colleges/universities, healthcare facilities, commercial property groups, manufacturing plants, Fortune 500 corporate campuses, shopping malls, big-box retail stores and more.
To learn more, please visit at ZeroEyes.com.
ZeroEyes Takes Platinum in 2023 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program
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ZeroEyes proactive visual gun detection and intelligent situational awareness platform is based on computer vision and advanced machine learning AI.
ZeroEyes’ software is layered over existing digital security cameras to detect guns the instant that they become visible, immediately sending keyframe images of gun detections to the company’s 24/7/365 ZeroEyes Operations Center (ZOC) for human verification.
If a positive confirmation is made, ZeroEyes dispatches an automated alert to first responders and local staff that includes accurate and actionable intelligence about the shooter’s appearance, location, and type of weapon – all in as fast as 3 to 5 seconds from detection.
(See how ZeroEyes software is being used across Western New York to turn existing CCTV cameras into a proactive security solution to detect visible firearms. Courtesy of ZeroEyes and YouTube.)
ZeroEyes also helps to de-escalate swatting and hoax incidents by determining if the threat is real or fake, providing necessary situational awareness to first responders.
The information provided by ZeroEyes is invaluable to first responders, who must act quickly with as much information as possible about a potential active shooter. A common issue seen today when active shooter incidents occur is that first responders lack the situational awareness necessary to locate the shooter, contain the threat, and prevent further loss of life.
In most active shooter events, more than one hundred 911 calls are being made with contradictory reports, creating significant confusion (a ‘fog of war’) and making it impossible to gauge the true nature of the threat. ZeroEyes has been shown to cut response time by nearly 2/3rds in training scenarios.
(The Ocean City School District in New Jersey and the city’s boardwalk have implemented new technology developed by ZeroEyes, a company that says it uses AI, paired with human experts, to scan camera feeds for guns. Courtesy of ZeroEyes and YouTube.)
The only video analytics company to receive the US Department of Homeland Security SAFETY Act Designation, ZeroEyes’ software has detected more than a thousand fake and real guns being brought into schools and other locations.
The company’s founders firmly believe in personal privacy, so they designed the software to identify only guns, not people. The algorithms look for guns, not faces or body types. Until a gun is identified, the monitoring screens in the ZOC stay absolutely blank; the team does not see a live feed from any cameras. Further, ZeroEyes’ platform does not store personal or biometric data or conduct any kind of facial recognition, so there is no risk of bias based on skin color or other personal characteristics.
ZeroEyes AI Visual Gun Detection solution is deployed in thousands of buildings for hundreds of customers across 35+ states, including the US Department of Defense, public school districts and universities, commercial property groups, manufacturing plants, Fortune 500 corporate campuses, shopping malls, retail outlets and more.
- *ZeroEyes is also a Returning ‘ASTORS’ Awards Champion, having secured Multiple Wins in the 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program.
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