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January 27, 2023

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The Video Surveillance Report 2022

Video Surveillance

Oregon school district uses A.I.-based proactive gun detection platform to ‘bolster’ campus safety

ZeroEyes, creators of the A.I.-based gun detection video analytics platform announced that its solution will be implemented by Klamath Falls City Schools in Oregon, US, to offer proactive protection for students and staff against gun-related threats.

ZeroEyes’ A.I. technology is being ‘layered’ on top of the schools’ existing security cameras, where it aims to identify ‘brandished guns’ and dispatch alerts to safety personnel and local law enforcement as fast as three to five seconds from the moment of detection.

“My top priority is the security of our students and faculty, which is why our district is one of Oregon’s foremost school safety leaders,” said Keith Brown, Superintendent of Klamath Falls City Schools. “From the moment I witnessed ZeroEyes’ innovative security solution in action, I knew it would be a game changer for our community. With ZeroEyes, we can preemptively protect our schools and respond quickly in the event of a gun-related emergency. Together, we can ensure that our schools are a safe place to learn, grow and thrive.”

The public school district serves seven schools, including four elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, and an alternative high school in Klamath Falls, Oregon. It has made significant investments into security solutions, including partnerships with local law enforcement, an app that provides access to building blueprints and crisis communication platforms, and sexual predator screening. The district’s new website also puts more information about the district in the hands of the community.

The security company was founded by a group of former Navy SEALs and technologists that used ‘hundreds of thousands’ of proprietary images and videos to train its AI to be the more ‘comprehensive and superior’ gun detection technology on the market, according to ZeroEyes. Former U.S. military and law enforcement specialists verify every detection 24/7/365 from the in-house ZeroEyes Operations Center (ZOC) to deliver accurate and actionable intelligence on gun-related incidents, including the gunman’s appearance, clothing, weapon, and real-time location. They can also de-escalate police response by informing law enforcement if the weapon detected is an AirSoft, BB or other type of non-lethal gun.

According to ZeroEyes’, their A.I. was trained to detect only guns; it does not perform any facial recognition, so there is ‘no risk of bias’ based on personal characteristics. The system also does not receive, record, store, or share personal or biometric data, videos or images ‘of any kind’. The ZOC receives images only when a brandished gun has been identified; at all other times, the monitoring screens are reported to ‘remain blank’.

“The recent increase in gun-related violence nationwide has made it critical for schools to have a robust security plan in place,” said Mike Lahiff, CEO and co-founder of ZeroEyes. “Klamath Falls City Schools has taken a proactive approach to ensuring the safety of students and staff by implementing a multi-layered security strategy, including ZeroEyes technology. We are honored to be a part of this effort and look forward to working closely with the district to keep their schools safe and secure.”

ZeroEyes is deployed across a variety of industries in 30+ states, including K-12 school districts, commercial property groups, shopping malls, places of worship, hospitals, military bases, manufacturing plants, casinos and Fortune 500 campuses.

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