AI-based Athena security camera system can detect guns and alert the authorities

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on 28 Sep 2018

Designed by Athena Security, an AI-assisted camera can spot guns in the video feed and alert the authorities to prevent casualties.

AI-based Athena security camera system can detect guns and alert the authorities

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A security surveillance camera system developed by Athena Security in the United States of America is capable of using artificial intelligence and cloud technology to detect guns and alert authorities, says a recent Fortune report. According to the company, casualties in schools or businesses may be prevented if such a system is implemented. Apparently, it has already been installed in Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster, Pennsylvania.

When the system spots a gun in range, it uses the cloud to send an alert to the right people, like the business owner or a law enforcement officer. It is also capable of streaming live video to these people, giving, say, a police officer a real time look at the situation. 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 lifts halted.

The application of the technology is great but false positives are a big problem for a computer vision system, which is capable of alerting the police directly. Athena Security claims that its systems' gun detection technology is 99 percent accurate. “We’ve basically perfected that, and so we’re already starting to work on fights, knives, and other crimes,” says Athena System co-founder, Lisa Falzone in a statement to Fortune. “We expect fights to be done in the next couple months, at least the first version of it.”

The security system from Athena Security will be available in three tiers: Professional, Enterprise, and Unlimited Professional, with each containing increasing feature sets. The monthly price for each camera varies between $25 (Rs 1,820 approx) and $100 (Rs 7,265 approx) depending on the chosen tier. “Our vision and mission is to use artificial intelligence for good, and to really help people and try to help save people’s lives,” commented Falzone in her statement to Fortune. Falzone had earlier worked with Chris Ciabarra on an iPad Point of Sale software called Revel Systems, which was eventually sold in 2017.

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