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How AI Can Prevent Mass Shootings

Artificial intelligence (AI) continues to grow in almost every aspect of business, including security systems that can detect mass shootings. AI is transforming surveillance cameras from static observers to active security personnel that can identify people, suspicious behavior, and weapons. Drones and robots are being used to announce threats and reduce response times.

Machine learning algorithms analyze data and learn how to recognize mannerisms, gait, and specific clothing patterns of an individual. AI-assisted cameras, for instance, can capture images of a person who has been banned from a building, and immediately alert officials if that individual re-enters the facility. 

AI will not prevent all mass shootings, especially considering how quickly they often unfold. AI can, however, help businesses recognize potential threats through image detection so first responders can take appropriate action immediately

Critical information in real-time 

When an active shooter incident is in progress a massive amount of data needs to be gathered and distilled instantly for staff members to take relevant and insightful action. The problem organizations face with legacy systems is these insights are hard to come by and aren’t readily available for their security teams.

Employees in a building can’t determine where to hide if they don’t know which direction a shooter is heading within the facility in real-time. AI-supported technology captures and organizes the data so it can be delivered instantaneously to the people who need it to make informed decisions.

Business security and AI 

During a threatening event, especially amid an active shooter incident, the situation can quickly become chaotic. As the event unfolds, AI is already playing a pivotal role in mitigating the impact.

AI gathers and extracts relevant data about the threatening individual, weapons detected, the surroundings, and the presence of others, and relays the information in real-time security, staff, and when appropriate, local authorities. A live video feed gives personnel critical information they need about location, threat level, and bystanders in the area. Security teams can strategically seal off exits and make sure the incident stays isolated in a specific area, reducing the possibility of widespread damage across the entire hospital. 

AI security solution providers are teaming with innovative insurance programs

AI-based solutions for active shooter incidents are already making a positive impact on how organizations handle security and emergency situations. Security is about prevention, response, speed, and accuracy, and AI dramatically improves upon every area. Human monitoring is better than nothing, but it doesn’t come close to what AI monitoring can do. Utilizing both can bring an extra layer of security to an organization.

McGowan Program Administrators (MPA), the leading underwriter of innovative insurance programs, now partners with leading technology security providers to bring AI solutions that will reduce risk and make your organization safer and more secure. 

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