The Piñon Unified School District, located on the Navajo Nation Reservation in Piñon, Ariz., is planning to deploy AI-powered surveillance technology.

The school district has partnered with Iveda, a cloud-based AI solutions provider, to deploy AI-powered surveillance technology on three school campuses. The company said it will use data from 11 of the district’s existing cameras to intelligently monitor and alert for unauthorized intruders, smoke and fire, on-campus traffic flow issues, as well as facial and license plate recognition.

By deploying the AI technology, the school district said it can be quickly notified, analyze, and report situations on campus from video data to help locate, track, and isolate threats in real-time.

“As our schools continue to grow, there has never been a more pivotal time for Piñon Unified School District to uplevel its on-campus surveillance systems,” said Myron McLaughlin, facilities director of the school district. “Identifying and addressing potential threats or concerning behavior among students or unauthorized visitors is more achievable than ever before with Iveda’s technology.”

Iveda said that its IvedaAI service provides school district personnel with enhanced situational awareness and real-time information. Specifically, IvedaAI can alert school staff if an unauthorized person accesses the campus, or specific areas within the campus, by sending an alert to the controller’s phone within seconds of detection. With the new technology, school administrators can more quickly secure the boundaries of the campus, without the need for physical fencing. Prior to the current rollout, the school district piloted the new AI technology in 2023.

“Schools around the country are turning to Iveda to help keep their students and staff safe. Through the power of AI, we can accurately monitor our nation’s campuses by adding an extra layer of protection so students can focus on what matters most – receiving a top-notch education,” said David Ly, Iveda’s CEO and founder. “The Piñon Unified School District realizes the importance of enhanced on-campus security to help protect the Diné youth. Iveda is supporting this mission by providing solutions that monitor for abnormalities and alert the proper authorities in real-time, greatly increasing efficient response time.”

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