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Pennsylvania schools expand district-wide use of AI-based gun detection platform

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A number of companies have responded to the recent horrific mass shootings by highlighting technology to detect people with guns. Two companies, in particular, have garnered press attention for their products: one makes Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enhanced metal detectors, and the other sells video analytics software that monitors surveillance camera feeds and triggers an alarm when the computer vision solution thinks it has spotted a person holding a weapon.

Also, the video analytics solution developed by vendor ZeroEyes, which was initially implemented in three schools in February 2022, will now be expanded to six. 

The ZeroEyes solution has received the SAFETY Act seal of approval from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and is said to provide what the company calls a « proactive, human-verified firearms detection software solution that integrates with existing cameras. » It is designed to mitigate mass shootings and gun violence by reducing response times and providing « actionable intelligence. »

The solution was founded by a group of former Navy team leaders who used « hundreds of thousands » of images and videos to train their AI. 

« The Uvalde shooting raised the concerns of many parents in our district, especially because we are a geographically large school district in a rural part of Pennsylvania where improving law enforcement response time is critical, » said Dr. Timothy S. Glasspool, superintendent of the Penncrest School District.

Overlaid on a school’s existing IP security cameras, ZeroEyes’ software identifies brandished weapons and alerts school administrators, security personnel, and local law enforcement within three to five seconds, according to the vendor. ZeroEyes says it does not record, store or share videos or images of students or others to preserve privacy.

Similarly, the company Evolv has developed an improved metal detector, which it says increases accuracy. 

Certainly, making scanners more accurate and less intrusive where they are present seems like a good thing, but to some, many of these deployments are unwarranted and harmful. 

The problem is that the company in question is pushing for a major expansion of metal detectors into American life, not just an upgrade of existing deployments. Having raised half a billion dollars in funding, it says it currently scans more than three-quarters of a million people every day and has ambitions to install thousands of new detectors in the U.S. and around the world.

Improving current scanners is one thing, but increasing the number of checkpoints per scanner is another. As common as they are, they can be an invasion of privacy. 

In conclusion, while these technologies seem to have their place, serious thought needs to be given to whether, how and where society wants to deploy them.

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