Utah Funds ZeroEyes AI-Based Gun Detection, AEGIX Incident Management for Schools
Utah state Board of Education approves contract enabling schools to implement multi-layered proactive security solution including AEGIX AIM.
PHILADELPHIA and SALT LAKE CITY — AI-based gun detection video analytics platform ZeroEyes and critical incident management services company AEGIX Global announced the Utah State Board of Education has approved a contract to provide the joint solution to all Utah public K-12 schools.
This effort began in the 2023 Utah legislative session and culminated with the passage of House Bill 61, which identified requirements and standards for firearm detection analytics and authorized the Utah State Board of Education to select a qualified vendor.
ZeroEyes’ platform was ultimately selected, marking the first time a state has codified this capability into statute, according to the joint announcement.
AEGIX Global has been contracted by ZeroEyes as the authorized reseller in Utah and the AEGIX AIM (Active Incident Management) platform will be provided as part of the overall solution.
ZeroEyes and the AEGIX AIM platform are integrated to create a multi-layered security solution for threat detection, situational awareness, incident management and response.
How ZeroEyes and AEGIX AIM Solution Works
ZeroEyes’ ability to detect visible guns with human-in-the-loop verification, combined with AEGIX AIM’s interactive map capabilities, provides key situational awareness for law enforcement to respond to incidents or threats quickly and efficiently.
“We strongly encourage all parents concerned about school safety to urge their local officials to apply for this grant in line with Utah State Board of Education guidance,” said Chet Linton, CEO of AEGIX, in the announcement.
“This is an opportunity for Utah Public Schools to proactively address the gun-related violence epidemic and protect their communities. ZeroEyes and AEGIX AIM provide clarity to law enforcement when they respond to firearm incidents at schools, helping to save time and save lives,” he says.
The AEGIX AIM platform allows individuals in an organization such as a school to notify others of a crisis with the touch of a button. In a worst-case scenario, such as an active shooter event, teachers push a button in the app to let administrators and first responders know if they are “safe” or “unsafe.”
AEGIX AIM can be operated from a desktop, laptop or smartphone.
ZeroEyes’ AI gun detection and intelligent situational awareness software is layered on existing digital security cameras. If a gun is identified, images are instantly shared with the ZeroEyes Operations Center (ZOC), staffed 24/7/365 by specially trained U.S. military and law enforcement veterans.
If these experts determine that the threat is valid, they dispatch alerts and actionable intelligence, including visual description, gun type, and last known location, to local law enforcement and the school security team in as fast as 3 to 5 seconds from detection.
“We are grateful to the Utah legislature for allocating funds to safeguard the students and staff in their public school system,” said Mike Lahiff, CEO and co-founder of ZeroEyes, in the announcement. “We encourage more state legislatures to adopt the proactive mindset of Utah policymakers and provide funding to their respective school districts for our unique and highly differentiated capability.”
Utah local education agencies can learn more about the grant, its requirements and how to apply by contacting the Utah State Board of Education and should anticipate forthcoming guidance.
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