Al-Noor Mosque in Christchurch, NZ, upgrades CCTV to detect guns.

Al-Noor Mosque in Christchurch, NZ, where 50 were murdered and 50 wounded by an anti-Muslim extremist, has upgraded its existing CCTV system with Athena Security’s gun detection technology.

Athena Security’s Gun Detection Artificial Intelligence technology will identify a gun when seen by security cameras and can provide an alert for quick response and evidence within 3 seconds.

The system detects and active shooter (an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people), shooting or threatening violence with a gun, armed robbery (gun used – in progress), hostage taking/kidnapping (gun used), possession of a gun – unknown person.

Athena set out to create a computer vision algorithm that monitors cameras without reporting too many false positives, a weakness of past attempts at AI gun detection technology. Athena’s system is powered by the NVIDIA 2080 RTX graphics card and can be integrated into current camera security networks.

The Security Industry Association (SIA), a leading trade organization for global security solution providers, named Athena the 2019 winner of the best product for its ‘Threat Detection and Safety Platform’ at the SIA New Product Showcase Awards.