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AI-Powered Cameras Become New Tool Against Mass Shootings


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Paul Hildreth, emergency operations coordinator for the Fulton County School District, working in the emergency operations center at the Fulton County School District Administration Center in Atlanta, GA.

Artificial intelligence is transforming surveillance cameras from passive collectors of video into active observers that can identify people, suspicious behavior, and guns.

Credit: Cody Jackson/AP

Artificial intelligence is transforming surveillance cameras from passive devices into active observers that can identify people, suspicious behavior, and guns.

For example, if the cameras have a previously captured image of someone who is banned from a building, the system can immediately alert officials if that person returns.

Schools are among the most enthusiastic adopters of the technology, also known as real-time video analytics or intelligent video, as a way to try to combat the threat of mass shootings.

Law enforcement agencies, retailers, stadiums, and Fortune 500 companies are also using intelligent video.

Said Fulton County School District emergency operations coordinator Paul Hildreth, "What we're really looking for are those things that help us to identify things either before they occur or maybe right as they occur so that we can react a little faster."

From U.S. News & World Report
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