Michigan State Capitol deploys AI to detect guns

  • November 27, 2023
  • William Payne

Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan, has deployed ZeroEyes’ solution to protect government officials and visitors from gun-related violence. This marks ZeroEyes’ first implementation within a US state capitol building.

ZeroEyes’ AI gun detection and intelligent situational awareness software will be layered on the Capitol’s existing digital security cameras. If a gun is identified, images will instantly be shared with the ZeroEyes Operations Center (ZOC), staffed 24/7/365 by specially trained US military and law enforcement veterans.

If these experts determine that the threat is valid, they 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 between 3 to 5 seconds from detection.

“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. The accuracy of its technology and proficiency of its staff are truly exceptional.”

Encompassing approximately 10 acres, the Michigan State Capitol and grounds is a 145-year-old historical landmark that annually hosts over 350 events and welcomes more than 115,000 visitors, including families and schoolchildren. Given its significant foot traffic, the building is equipped with an array of security systems designed to deter the presence of guns and weapons. 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.”