PHILADELPHIA and SALT LAKE CITY, August 3, 2023 -- ZeroEyes, the creators of the only AI-based gun detection video analytics platform that holds the US Department of Homeland Security SAFETY Act Designation, and AEGIX Global, a Utah-based provider of industry-leading safety and personal protection resources, technology, equipment and training, today announced that the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) has granted AEGIX a $3 million contract to distribute ZeroEyes’ AI gun detection and intelligent situational awareness platform to Utah schools.
Utah’s 2023 House Bill (H.B.) 61 enabled USBE to administer a grant program for school safety, security and materials, which included the issuing of a request for proposal (RFP) for firearm detection software. Having awarded the contract to AEGIX, the exclusive ZeroEyes reseller for the state, the board will present the ZeroEyes platform to all Utah school districts for consideration. Interested districts will acquire the software from AEGIX, who will coordinate with ZeroEyes to provide full onboarding, training, installation and support.
"ZeroEyes transforms everyday digital security cameras into proactive defense against active shooters, detecting guns the instant they are brandished so that schools and first responders are alerted before the first shot is fired," said Chet Linton, CEO of AEGIX. "We applaud Utah’s increased focus on school safety and security measures and are proud to present ZeroEyes as part of a Comprehensive Incident Response Framework to help protect students and faculty across the state.”
ZeroEyes' AI gun detection and intelligent situational awareness software is layered onto schools’ existing digital security cameras. If a gun is identified, images will instantly be 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 will dispatch alerts and actionable intelligence, including visual description, gun type and last known location, to local staff and law enforcement in as fast as 3 to 5 seconds from detection.
"We have developed a strong partnership with AEGIX because we share the same passion for protecting children," said Mike Lahiff, CEO and co-founder of ZeroEyes. “We congratulate them on this important win and look forward to helping protect all Utah schools against gun-related violence.”
Today’s announcement follows the May 2023 integration of ZeroEyes into the AEGIX AIM active incident management platform to create a sole-source solution uniquely built for Utah public schools.