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SYSTEM. IT’S A HOT TECH SYSTEM DESIGNED TO CHECK STUDENTS FOR WEAPONS AS THEY ENTER A SCHOOL BUILDING. LATE LAST MONTH, THE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION WAS PREPARED TO BUY MORE. IT PROPOSED THEN BACKED AWAY FROM A $1.2 MILLION REQUEST TO EXPAND SAFETY SYSTEM IN OTHER SCHOOLS. DURING THAT PUBLIC MEETING, THE CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER EXPLAINED THE WEAPON DETECTION SYSTEM WOULD WORK. TECHNOLOGY THAT USED TO DETECT IT IS BASED OFF OF A WIRE OR WIRELESS TYPE OF TABLET AND IT A WARNING TO A SECURE GUARD AND GIVES ALSO A VISUAL TO A SECURITY GUARD. IF THAT THREAT IS PRESENT. THE DISTRICT SAID IT IS HOPING TO BUY 33 OF THE UNITS, PLACING THEM IN 52 SCHOOLS ACROSS THE SYSTEM. IT WAS DISCUSSED AS A FIFTH LOADED HANDGUN TURNED UP AT FOREST PARK HIGH SCHOOL. LESTER SCHOBER, A MEMBER OF THE PARENT COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD, TOLD 11 NEWS AT THE TIME OF THE GROUP’S CONCERNS OVER WEAPONS. I THINK AS AN ORGANIZATION LIKE, PARENTS LIKE COMMUNITY MEMBERS THROUGHOUT THE CITY OF COURSE WE’RE VERY CONCERNED WHEN TURN UP IN OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM WHERE CONCERNED ABOUT THE SAFETY OF YOUNG PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES IN THOSE BUILDINGS BUILDINGS WHERE A MORE WEAPON DETECTION SYSTEMS COULD BE PLACED FOLLOWING OUR INTERVIEW. SCHOBER SHARED HER CONCERNS AT THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING WHY SHE BELIEVES THE DISTRICT SHOULD HOLD OFF IF THIS BODY IS CONSIDERING A PROCUREMENT THAT WOULD PERMIT THE USE OF EVOLVES MOSAIC PLATFORM, WHICH INCLUDES FACIAL RECOGNITION SOFTWARE. WHETHER THIS BODY IS AWARE OF THE HIGH FALSE DETECTION RATES FOR EVOLVES A AI SYSTEM, INCLUDING THERE TO DISTINGUISH CHROMEBOOKS FROM GUNS. SCHOOL OFFICIALS SAY THIS LATEST TECHNOLOGY IS PART OF ITS OVERALL SECURITY PLAN TO KEEP STUDENTS AND STAFF MEMBERS. THAT’S GOOD SYSTEM WAS INSTALLED HERE AND MURRYSVILLE OVER SUMMER LIFE IN NORTHEAS

Baltimore school considers weapon detection technology amid safety concerns

Baltimore City has its eye on a high-tech weapons detection system to help keep schools safe. Officials said it’s been on the drawing board for some time. The discussion continues even as another loaded handgun was found Thursday at Mervo High School. An 18-year-old with a loaded handgun and drugs was arrested at the school. An administrator found the weapon. WBAL-TV 11 News has learned Mervo is testing a new weapon detection system.In a public board meeting in late October, the school administration proposed then backed away from seeking approval to spend $1.2 million to buy more detection systems. They apparently still have plans to place 33 of the weapon detection systems in 52 schools. Lynette Washington, chief operating officer of Baltimore City Public Schools, explained during that board meeting how the system works.”The technology that’s used to detect it is based off of a wired or wireless type of tablet and it gives a warning to a security guard and also a visual to a security guard that threat is present,” Washington said.At the time, Parent and Community Advisory Board member Melissa Schober raised questions about the effectiveness of the equipment.”If this body is considering a procurement that would permit the use of Evolv mosaic platform, which includes facial recognition software, whether this body is aware the high false detection rates for Evolv’s AI system, including their inability to distinguish Chromebooks from guns,” Schober said.The school system hasn’t said when it’ll revisit the purchase of the weapon detection system. A system is already being used in middle and high schools on the Eastern Shore.The system was installed at Mervo over the summer.WBAL-TV 11 News reached out to school officials about where the project current stands and hasn’t received a response.ALSO: Video below (WCVB) — School uses technology to detect gunshots

Baltimore City has its eye on a high-tech weapons detection system to help keep schools safe. Officials said it’s been on the drawing board for some time.

The discussion continues even as another loaded handgun was found Thursday at Mervo High School. An 18-year-old with a loaded handgun and drugs was arrested at the school. An administrator found the weapon.

WBAL-TV 11 News has learned Mervo is testing a new weapon detection system.

In a public board meeting in late October, the school administration proposed then backed away from seeking approval to spend $1.2 million to buy more detection systems. They apparently still have plans to place 33 of the weapon detection systems in 52 schools.

Lynette Washington, chief operating officer of Baltimore City Public Schools, explained during that board meeting how the system works.

“The technology that’s used to detect it is based off of a wired or wireless type of tablet and it gives a warning to a security guard and also a visual to a security guard that threat is present,” Washington said.

At the time, Parent and Community Advisory Board member Melissa Schober raised questions about the effectiveness of the equipment.

“If this body is considering a procurement that would permit the use of Evolv mosaic platform, which includes facial recognition software, whether this body is aware the high false detection rates for Evolv’s AI system, including their inability to distinguish Chromebooks from guns,” Schober said.

The school system hasn’t said when it’ll revisit the purchase of the weapon detection system. A system is already being used in middle and high schools on the Eastern Shore.

The system was installed at Mervo over the summer.

WBAL-TV 11 News reached out to school officials about where the project current stands and hasn’t received a response.

ALSO: Video below (WCVB) — School uses technology to detect gunshots



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