Pennsylvania Transportation Authority pilots ZeroEyes AI-based weapon detection platform

ZeroEyes’ proprietary software, which will be stacked on top of SEPTA’s existing surveillance cameras, is expected to identify brandished weapons in three to five seconds and alert security personnel and local law enforcement agencies.

PHILADELPHIA – ZeroEyes, a developer of an AI-based video analytics weapon detection platform that has SAFETY Act designation from the United States Department of Homeland Security and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), announced that SEPTA has selected ZeroEyes for a pilot program to measure probability reduce gun violence on train platforms.

Founded by a group of ex-Navy SEALs, ZeroEyes is the company’s platform uses hundreds of thousands of proprietary images and videos to train its AI to provide high levels of weapon detection.

SEPTA is the first major transportation system to deploy the ZeroEyes solution, deployed by the US Department of Defense, public school districts and universities, Fortune 500 corporate campuses and many other organizations in more than 30 states. The SEPTA Board of Directors approved the pilot project during its November meeting. Implementation will start in about two months.

“We are committed to ensuring the safety of our drivers and employees,” commented Pasquale T. Deon Sr., SEPTA CEO. “While serious crimes are rare on SEPTA, the evaluation of this technology demonstrates the agency’s proactive approach to security.”

The ZeroEyes platform uses a unique approach to weapon detection

ZeroEyes’ proprietary software, which will be stacked on top of SEPTA’s existing surveillance cameras, will identify brandished weapons and alert security personnel and local law enforcement agencies in three to five seconds. The company states that former US military and law enforcement specialists monitor each find 24/7 from its in-house ZeroEyes Operations Center (ZOC) to provide accurate and actionable information on gun-related incidents, including appearance, clothing and weapon of the shooter , and real-time location.

In addition, ZeroEyes’ AI does not perform facial recognition and does not receive, record, store, or share videos or images of people.

SEPTA has over 30,000 cameras throughout the system. The pilot program will deploy cameras at stations along the Market-Frankford and Broad Street lines.

“We appreciate the board’s support for this pilot and hope this new technology will be another tool we can use to protect our system,” said Leslie S. Richards, general manager and CEO of Leslie, SEPTA. “If the program is successful, we will consider deploying ZeroEyes elsewhere in the network.”

Other ongoing crime prevention efforts on SEPTA include:

  • Increased uniformed police presence on trains
  • Deploying dozens of outreach specialists throughout the system to engage members of the vulnerable community
  • Creating a virtual patrol center to monitor the security camera network
  • Provide caregivers with mobile phones to facilitate direct communication with the police
  • Advertisement for the Transit Watch app, which allows passengers to report concerns anonymously and discreetly

SEPTA is the largest transit provider for Philadelphia and the counties of Delaware, Montgomery, Bucks and Chester. It operates bus, S-Bahn, S-Bahn, light rail and electric trolleybus services to nearly 4 million people. SEPTA has the sixth largest US rapid transit system by ridership and the fifth largest overall transit system with 290 active stations, over 450 miles of track, 2,350 commercial vehicles and 196 routes.

“Our nation’s cities have seen dramatic increases in violent gun crime, and we need more leaders like SEPTA to take proactive steps to protect the public,” notes Mike Lahiff, CEO and co-founder of ZeroEyes. “Public transport is a vital lifeline in urban regions, and the millions of people who depend on it have a right to feel safe. SEPTA’s progressive approach to the problem should set the industry norm; We hope that other public transport providers will follow suit in the near future.”