Appomattox County Public Schools to Deploy AI Gun Detection and Situational Awareness

Appomattox school district implements proactive ZeroEyes solution to protect students and staff against gun-related threats.

PHILADELPHIA — Appomattox County Public Schools in Virginia will implement ZeroEyes proactive gun detection and intelligent situational awareness solution to protect students and faculty against gun-related threats.

Comprising four schools – a primary, elementary, middle and high school –  the Appomattox County school district educates approximately 2,500 students annually. With “a commitment to fostering a safe and nurturing learning environment for all students,” the school has implemented several security measures in recent years.

These include assigning school resource officers to each school, facilitating comprehensive walk-throughs of all facilities by local and state law enforcement, installing exterior door alarms and student computer monitor software, and enhancing its after-hours surveillance system.

The ZeroEyes solution will be the latest addition to this multi-layered security approach.

“School safety is of the highest priority right now, and to have a technology that could potentially save a life or stop a threat before anything happens made ZeroEyes a no-brainer for us,” says Philip Amos, supervisor of security and technology for Appomattox County Public Schools.

Why Appomattox County Chose ZeroEyes

ZeroEyes’ AI gun detection and intelligent situational awareness software layers onto existing digital security cameras. If a gun is identified, images are instantly shared with the ZeroEyes Operations Center, 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, SROs, and ACPS staff as quickly as 3 to 5 seconds from detection.

 “In the instance of a gun-related threat, first responders and school leadership must receive swift and accurate security communications to help them navigate the potentially deadly situation,” says Mike Lahiff, CEO and co-founder of ZeroEyes.

“We are proud that ZeroEyes has been chosen to provide this type of situational awareness to Appomattox County Public Schools,” he says. “Their proactive stance against gun violence is truly commendable.”

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