Artificial intelligance being used try and prevent school shootings

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(CNN) -- Inside Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster, there is an added layer of security within security cameras.

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"When he came to me with this I said this is a great idea, let's takes a look at it and it just overlays with an app into our system," said Gary Zimmaro, the school's president.

The 'he' that Zimmaro is talking about is Chris Ciabatta, the son of a longtime Archbishop Wood teacher. Ciabatta and Lisa Falzone created Athena Security, an idea aimed at preventing school shootings.

"There have been a lot of advancements in artificial intelligence and so basically what we do is use object and motion detection to recognize when someone pulls out a gun and alert on that," said Falzone.

"The way this technology works is by picking up the image of a gun when it is presented. [Showing video example] Now this is not a real gun but if it were, a video recording of this incident would be sent to police or administration in 3 seconds," Huff said.

In situations where seconds count, the Athena software detects any kind of firearm in view and can be installed in existing security systems.

"So not just recording crime but actually proactively preventing crime," said Falzone.

It is the first school in the country to utilize this technology. It's now been in place at Archbishop Wood for a month.

"This is just another layer. It's more being proactive than reactive. I hope we never have to use it," said Zimmaro.

Athena's next venture in artificial intelligence? Software that uses radar to detect concealed weapons.