Why do so many firearms get into the wrong hands as a result of which we have human losses and injuries, traumatized communities and an everlasting security issue? A hotly discussed question which is becoming more and more actual especially in recent years. Day by day we witness new incidents in different areas of the world. New Zealand, again mass shooting this time in two mosques of the Christchurch city. The gunman opened fire for 10 to 15 minutes as a result of which at least 45 people have been killed and many seriously injured. It was a coordinated and unprecedented attack that has shocked the usually peaceful nation.

The Netherlands: a couple of days after we got the news of another shooting in the Netherlands. A gunman opened fire inside a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht as a result of which again there were victims.

We live in a world where nobody can feel totally safe. Schools, streets, parks, and other places are in constant threat of becoming a shooting zone for a murderer with the aim of killing innocent people. Whether we like it or not, it’s our sad reality and there is no escape. But let’s think a minute, do we need a quick escape which will not give us a solid solution or do we want this issue to be solved systematically, considering every single step and minute. When mass shootings or terror attacks happen, saving minutes in the response process helps response teams immediately react and take relevant actions to prevent tragedies. Imagine such a situation; it’s a national holiday, a crowded area, nobody is even predicting any danger, a perfect place for an active shooter to kill or injure as many people as he has intended. There are cameras around, police everywhere, and there is one surveillance guard that is watching 50 streams simultaneously, there is a black and white camera with a small screen on the left. Would he notice that a person is shooting them? Based on the previous cases we can conclude that the first line of defense, i.e. the citizens usually go to Twitter and start writing down to local police, the second line, i.e. the police units inform municipality or the local police department, and only then, 3-4 minutes later the response units are coming. 3-4 minutes seem so short, but how many lost lives can we count within those minutes?

 

Increasing accuracy by applying artificial intelligence

 

Scylla is an AI-based smart security system which monitors real-time video streams to predict violent behavior and identify acts of violence. Artificial intelligence, computer vision, and machine learning are used to identify, analyze and respond to threats quickly and accurately. We help law enforcement agencies take immediate actions to reduce the number of victims from violent crime, active shooting events, and terrorist acts. The underlying engine of the platform of Scylla is based on Deep Content Understanding technology. The AI-based platform comprises a combination of Machine Learning methodologies to recognize all visual aspects of the video. The synergistic approach of combining various technologies provides highly accurate results. Scylla is placed on security cameras, surveillance systems or UAVs (military drones) to track, detect and target human beings who display violence, criminal activity and/or possess weapons. A special algorithm is able to reveal a person with a weapon in the crowd. To do this, the system connects to surveillance cameras and analyzes the appearance and behavior of people. As soon as the neural network notices a suspicious person (for example, his pocket is sticking to where the weapon may lie), he will give a signal to the police.

 

Intending to revolutionize the security and surveillance industry

Using Scylla can be more secure and more scalable than having humans eyes watching all security screens at all times. When one person is looking at many cameras, it’s easy for them to miss something but surveillance by artificial intelligence removes human errors. Being trained to observe pre-attack behavior, spot a lethal object and identify physical fights before the shooting, this system gives 96% accuracy which helps drastically reduce response time and in most cases prevent the shooting. By contributing to public safety, we contribute to safer environments and communities, which in its turn form safer countries.