To help ensure the safety of government officials and employees, Michigan will deploy proactive AI gun detection technology at the state capitol building in Lansing. According to ZeroEyes, the creators of the AI gun detection video analytics platform, Michigan is the first state in the nation to deploy the technology at its capitol.

“As the political climate grows increasingly tumultuous, it’s imperative that we remain vigilant and attuned to our surroundings,” said Rob Blackshaw, executive director of the Michigan State Capitol Commission.

“I want visitors and those that come to work here every day to understand that, irrespective of external circumstances, our building remains a secure haven, and ZeroEyes plays a pivotal role in ensuring that safety,” he said. “The accuracy of its technology and proficiency of its staff are truly exceptional.”

ZeroEyes said that its AI gun detection and intelligent situational awareness software will be layered on the Michigan capitol’s existing digital security cameras. If a gun is identified, images will instantly be shared with the ZeroEyes Operations Center, which is continuously staffed by trained U.S. military and law enforcement veterans. If a threat is determined to be valid, ZeroEyes staff will dispatch alerts and actionable intelligence, including visual description, gun type, and last known location to internal security teams and the local police force in as fast as three to five seconds from detection.

The Michigan State Capitol and grounds encompasses more than 10 acres of land and host more than 350 events and 115,000 visitors, including families and schoolchildren, annually. State officials said the building is equipped with an array of security systems designed to deter the presence of guns and weapons and noted that ZeroEyes will amplify the current security by providing additional situational awareness inside the building, as well as enhanced visibility around the exterior premises.

“We are currently witnessing an alarming surge in political violence, and the Michigan State Capitol’s dedication to ensuring the safety of its staff and the community is commendable,” stated Mike Lahiff, CEO and co-founder of ZeroEyes. “ZeroEyes takes pride in being selected to help ensure safety in this important and historical building.”

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