ZeroEyes and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) announced that the Authority has selected ZeroEyes for a pilot program designed to reduce the likelihood of gun violence on train platforms.
ZeroEyes has created an AI-based gun detection video analytics platform that holds security law designation from the US Department of Homeland Security. SEPTA is the first major transit system to deploy ZeroEyes’ solution, which is already used by the US Department of Defense, public school districts and universities, Fortune 500 corporate campuses and other organizations. SEPTA’s Board of Directors approved the pilot project at its November meeting. Implementation will begin in about two months.
Overlaid on SEPTA’s existing security cameras, ZeroEyes’ proprietary software is designed to identify brandished weapons and alert security personnel and local law enforcement in three to five seconds. Former U.S. Army and law enforcement specialists continuously monitor every detection from the ZeroEyes in-house operations center to provide firearms incident intelligence, including appearance, clothing , weapon and real-time location of the shooter. ZeroEyes AI does not perform any facial recognition, nor does it receive, record, store or share videos or images of any person.
“We are committed to ensuring the safety of our passengers and employees,” said SEPTA Board Chairman Pasquale T. Deon Sr. “While serious crime is rare on SEPTA, the assessment of this technology demonstrates the Authority’s proactive approach to security.”
SEPTA has over 30,000 cameras throughout the system. The pilot program will use cameras at stations along the Market-Frankford and Broad Street lines.
“We appreciate the board’s support for this pilot, and hope this new technology will be another tool we can use to keep our system secure,” said SEPTA Managing Director and CEO Leslie S. Richards. “If the program is successful, we will consider rolling out ZeroEyes to other locations in the network.”
Other ongoing efforts to help prevent crime on SEPTA include increasing uniformed police presence on trains, deploying dozens of outreach specialists across the system to engage vulnerable community members, the creation of a virtual patrol center to monitor the network of surveillance cameras, the equipment of guards with mobile phones to facilitate direct communication with the police and the promotion of the Transit Watch application which allows users to report problems anonymously and discreetly.
SEPTA is the primary transit provider for Philadelphia and Delaware, Montgomery, Bucks and Chester counties. It operates bus, rapid transit, commuter rail, light rail, and electric trolley services for nearly four million people. SEPTA has the sixth-largest rapid transit system in the United States by ridership and the fifth-largest transit system overall, with 290 active stations, more than 450 miles of lanes, 2,350 fare-paying vehicles and 196 routes.
“Cities across our nation have seen a dramatic increase in violent gun crime, and we need more leaders like SEPTA who take proactive steps to protect the public,” said Mike Lahiff, CEO and co- founder of ZeroEyes. “Public transport is a crucial lifeline in urban areas, and the millions of people who depend on it have the right to feel safe. SEPTA’s progressive approach to the problem should set the industry standard; we hope to see other transit providers follow suit in the near future.
ZeroEyes was founded by a group of former Navy SEALs who used hundreds of thousands of exclusive images and videos to train its AI to become the most comprehensive and capable gun detection technology on the market. .
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