camera can catch you the second you touch a gun - California considers
Nancy Owano, Tech Xplore
makes it possible to catch criminal theft, violence, and mass shootings
as it happens, and for viewing after the fact. What about revving up the
camera technology so that even responsive action can happen realtime?
how can we create technology to lessen casualties and mayhem tied up in
horrific events ofmass
shootings? That is a question Lisa Falcone liked to think about,
and her motivation to provide answers fed into her look at the current
surveillance market. Surveillance: big whoop.
basically just recording crime... but just think if they could also
communicate alarms and curtail the mayhem.LisaFalzone
is now the Athena company CEO. Falzone created the system technology
with her co-founder, Chris Ciabarra, saidRenaeReints
Athena Security AI-basedcamerasystem
can also offer an interface with third-party systems to lock doors,
freeze up elevators, and communicate with people. Casualties in turn
could be prevented, even some lives could be saved.
them as "a startup that's developing a machine learning layer forsecurity
camerasin retailers, corporations, and
to the company's official announcement, this is a launch of a security
camera system capable of "instantly and accurately recognizing an active
shooter before they shoot," sending out an alert to law enforcers.
Athena's system is set up in one US school, Archbishop Wood High School
in Warminster, Pennsylvania.
spotting a gun, for example, it sends an alert to the business owner or
authorities. It can stream live video to law enforcement too. That's not
all.Digitsaid, "Users of
this system have the option of hooking the camera up to other
third-party security systems so that doors can be locked and liftshalted."
The business model is per subscription type. The price range is $25 to
$100. The system will be available in three tiers: Professional,
Enterprise, and Unlimited Professional. Locklear said that the tier
including gun detection, lock and elevator integration and real-time
access costs $100 per camera per month.
also reflect duration of service. A $50 fee wins 30 days' recording, a
$25 fee wins 7 days' recording, and $100 gets the owner 1 year
recordings. All carry cloud access.
but how accurate is the gun-detecting AI?Government
Technologyhad an answer: 99 percent. "Since the
so accurate, the company is working on including recognition of other
dangerous scenarios, such as knives and fist fights," said the report.
accuracy rate is not ignored as a talking point. "False positives can be
a problem for computer vision systems," said Mallory Locklear inEngadget,
"and that would be particularly troublesome for a security camera that
has the ability to alert policedirectly."
Athena detects a threat, a monitoring serviceservicevalidates
the threat and only involves the police when needed, said the company
site. Even if the system were not to get it right, in other words
amounting to nothing more than a false alarm, the system could learn
notifications have a "true or false" selector, making it easy to flag
mistakes, with every flag feeding back into the system, improving its
system technology capabilities also pick up the store worker's stress
levels, according to the company site.
Kyle Wiggers inVentureBeatdove
into some technical details.
system involves "a Nvidia 2080 RTX graphics card and computer vision to
detect what Falzone calls 'dangerousobjects'—specifically
guns. (Future versions will spot knives, too.) The AI system ingests
footage from off-the-shelf security cameras and looks for 'dangerous
motion' at a rate of 30 frames per second, alerting school
administrators (or the police) via an app when a threat's detected."