AI-weapons detection system installed in Philadelphia stadiums


Appoquinimink School District has adopted ZeroEyes’ gun detection solution to mitigate gun-related threats in school stadiums. It says dispatch alerts can be sent in as little as three seconds once illegally brandished guns are identified.

ZeroEyes’ AI-based gun detection video analytics platform holds the US Department of Homeland Security SAFETY Act Designation, and was selected as part of the district’s larger safety initiative.

The integration of ZeroEyes is intended to protect students, staff and parents against gun-related violence in four of Appoquinimink School District’s sports facility locations.

How it works

The visual gun detection and intelligent situational awareness solution will be layered on Appoquinimink School District’s existing digital security cameras.

If a gun is detected, the software will instantly send images to the ZeroEyes Operation Center (ZOC), staffed year-round by specially trained U.S. military and law enforcement veterans.

These experts will verify the threat and dispatch alerts and actionable intelligence, including visual description, gun type and last known location, to local staff and first responders in as fast as 3 to 5 seconds from detection.

“Many students, faculty members and parents have been hesitant to attend school sporting events due to fear of gun-related violence,” said Tom Poehlmann, Appoquinimink School District director of security safety and operations.

“By deploying ZeroEyes’ technology at our sports facilities, we can be proactive and get ahead of a potential threat. We want parents to have peace of mind that when they send their children to football games on Friday nights, everyone will have a safe and enjoyable experience,” continued Poehlmann.

The district, located in southern New Castle County, Delaware, serves more than 12,000 students in grades Pre-K-12, and ranks as Delaware’s fastest growing school system.

Comment from the CEO

“It is saddening that extracurricular school activities have been tarnished by the growing school shooting epidemic,” said Mike Lahiff, CEO and co-founder of ZeroEyes, “ adding, “We applaud the Appoquinimink School District for leading the way as Delaware’s first district to adopt our proactive gun detection technology.”

Headquartered in the Greater Philadelphia area, the ZeroEyes team also provides tech consulting, installation assistance and practice drills for active shooter events to enhance safety at schools, corporate and government facilities.

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