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Michigan Deploys ZeroEyes Gun Detection at State Capitol

This marks the first ZeroEyes deployment in a state capitol building. The company, whose tools work with security cameras, recently raised $23 million and hopes to sell more often to public agencies, along with schools.

ZeroEyes is getting the capitol treatment.

The Pennsylvania-based company, which sells a gun detection AI platform that works with digital security cameras, says the Michigan state Capitol in Lansing will deploy the ZeroEyes technology.

This is the first time any state capitol building has used ZeroEyes.

In a statement, the company says its software “will be layered” on the existing digital security cameras already in the Capitol.

Any images that identify guns will go instantly to the ZeroEyes Operations Center, which the company staffs at all times with specialty-trained veterans of the U.S. military and law enforcement agencies.

Any threat deemed valid by those employees will result in alerts and intelligence sent to the Capitol’s own security personnel, along with local police. ZeroEyes says the time from detection to alert is as fast as three to five seconds.

In the ZeroEyes statement, Michigan officials placed the deployment of the gun detection platform in context of rising tension.

"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.”

The Michigan state Capitol, which opened in 1879, sits on about 10 acres and every year hosts more than 350 events. More than 115,000 people visit annually.

"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," said Mike Lahiff, CEO and co-founder of ZeroEyes, in the statement.

The news of the Michigan deal follows announcements earlier this year that ZeroEyes had raised $23 million and formed a subsidiary to sell its technology to federal agencies.