Cooperative contracts are designed to streamline government procurement and allow officials to buy technology without going through the traditional — and often lengthy — process of requesting bids. The use of such contracts is inspiring vendors to release products that can further aid procurement by the use of filters, online platforms and other features.
In this case, the NCPA provides access to contracts for ZeroEyes’ AI technology.
“Our goal is to protect as many American lives as possible from gun-related violence,” said Mike Lahiff, CEO and co-founder of ZeroEyes, in a statement. “We are happy to enter this cooperative purchasing agreement to encourage increased adoption of ZeroEyes’ technology within the public sector. By simplifying the contractual process and making it more efficient and cost-effective, this enables us to focus our time and resources on what truly matters: saving lives.”
Earlier this year, ZeroEyes received a patent for its gun detection product. It uses real-time video analytics and a training database full of data about seized guns to help first responders deal with reports of shootings.
As the statement explained, “The in-house ZeroEyes Operations Center [delivers] accurate and actionable intelligence on gun-related incidents for situational awareness, including the gunman’s appearance, clothing, weapon and last known real-time location.”
The company says it does not perform facial recognition.
The cooperative contract deal comes as public safety technology continues to fuel the larger government technology industry — and as more law enforcement agencies turn to gunshot detection technology.
ZeroEyes says that school districts, shopping centers, hospitals and other organizations across some 30 states use the company’s technology.
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