School Safety

Wisconsin District Adopts Gun Recognition Tech

A Wisconsin district that gives students the option to continue their education in person or online has adopted a new surveillance system intended to identify the presence of guns on its campuses. Kenosha Unified School District is using technology developed by ZeroEyes. The program uses artificial intelligence and integrates with the campus IP security camera system to identify visible guns. When a weapon is detected, the platform sends a notification to school administrators, school resource officers and local 911 dispatch.

"It's a grim reality that active shootings happen in schools across the country, and we've needed to understand and implement the solutions that can keep our students, staff and visitors safe," said Kevin Christoun, who serves as the maintenance, environmental and safety manager for the district, in a press release. "At KUSD, we have a multilayered security approach that includes the most effective and innovative technologies and resources, and ZeroEyes' platform clearly supports our strategy."

Deployment will eventually cover all schools, district officials said.

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Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.