ZeroEyes, the creators of the only AI-based gun detection video analytics platform that holds the U.S. Department of Homeland Security SAFETY Act Designation, recently announced that its proactive gun detection and intelligent situational awareness solution has been deployed by Germantown Academy (GA) in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania to protect students, staff and visitors from gun-related violence. Founded in 1759, GA is the country’s oldest non-sectarian day school.

Germantown Academy is a private pre-K-12 prep school based in the suburbs of Philadelphia. The 126-acre campus includes multiple education and administrative buildings, as well as outdoor common spaces and athletic facilities. GA educates 1,200-plus students and employs more than 350 staff members annually, including a 45-member security team. This is the latest addition to the comprehensive and multilayered range of security measures the academy has implemented to defend against gun-related violence.  

The new AI gun detection and intelligent situational awareness software is now layered on existing digital security cameras at GA. 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 the security team and community police department in as fast as 3 to 5 seconds from detection. 

A variety of K-12 school districts and other industries have adopted gun detection technology to improve building safety.