New Mexico’s Clovis Municipal Schools (CMS) has selected ZeroEyes, creators of an AI-based gun detection video analytics platform, to protect students and faculty against gun-related threats. ZeroEyes’ AI technology is being layered on top of the schools’ existing security cameras, where it will identify brandished guns and dispatch alerts to safety personnel and local law enforcement as fast as 3 to 5 seconds from the moment of detection.
"Our most important job is to keep children safe in school, and we have put in place a number of solutions to ensure that, in the case of an active shooter event, first responders will arrive on-site and defuse the situation as quickly as possible to save lives,” said Loran Hill, director of operations for CMS. “ZeroEyes provides a critical proactive component to any layered security portfolio, which have traditionally been reactive. Many district decision makers across the country have been discussing reactive post-gunshot detection, but I have always been more interested in proactive, pre-gunshot detection and real-time actionable intelligence, which is where ZeroEyes excels.”
Clovis Municipal School District is composed of 12 elementary, three middle and three high schools in Clovis, N.M. It has made significant investments into security solutions that go beyond the guidelines laid out in New Mexico’s Safe Schools plan.
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.
ZeroEyes' AI was trained to detect only guns; it does not perform any facial recognition, so there is no risk of bias based on skin color or other 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 gun is identified; at all other times, the monitoring screens remain blank.
”Like many communities, Clovis has seen an increase in gun-related violence compared to pre-COVID levels,” said Mike Lahiff, CEO and co-founder of ZeroEyes. “However, CMS is ahead of the game in terms of protecting their students and faculty. I am very impressed with their layered security approach and proud that they have chosen ZeroEyes to be a part of it.”
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.