Blog: Cameras with gun-detecting artificial intelligence to be installed in Christchurch’s Al Noor mosque – Stuff.co.nz
Security cameras that can detect whether someone is armed will be installed in the Christchurch mosque targeted in the March terror attack.
The cameras, made by US company Athena Security Services, use artificial intelligence (AI) and are able to alert to authorities within seconds once a threat is detected. Installation at Al Noor on Deans Ave will be a New Zealand first for the technology.
It is part of the Keep Mosques Safe initiative, which will pay for the cameras to be installed in mosques around the world.
The initiative aims to prevent the type of attack that killed 51 people and injured dozens of others in two Christchurch mosques on March 15.
Muslim Association of Canterbury spokesman Tony Green said the association had initiated a “thorough, wide ranging look at all aspects of safety and security” at the mosque.
The offer of the cameras was received separately to that, he said, and would be part of the security system.
Athena Security CEO Lisa Falzone said in a statement that Keep Mosques Safe was “an important step in giving mosques the tools to better protect themselves from extremist individuals that wish to do them harm”.
The statement said Athena’s technology was the first AI-powered gun detection security platform, and was “capable of instantly and accurately detecting an active shooter with a gun before they fire a weapon, alerting law enforcement to proactively help prevent crimes before they occur”.
“When a threat is detected, Athena Security’s award winning security system can warn the first responders, any on-site personnel and local authorities within a matter of seconds, bridging a crucial time gap that could mean the difference between life and death,” the statement said.