Texas school district using new technology to improve school security


There’s a smarter way to protect your child’s classroom. Imagine being able to identify a threat before it reaches the front door.

A Texas district implementing artificial intelligence to bring its campus safety to the next level.

Since Columbine, more than 330,000 students in America have experienced gun violence at school, according to The Washington Post.

Stephen Gold, SparkCognition’s Chief Marketing Officer said, “We saw 193 gun-related incidents on campuses last year, the largest number since we have been tracking gun-related violence on campus.”

SparkCognition is a Texas-based artificial intelligence solutions company that works to solve problems while making industries more sustainable, safer, and more profitable. The company is based out of Austin.

In a rural community northwest of Austin, some 8,000 students attend school at Liberty Hill Independent School District.

Like most schools in America, its high school is equipped with layers of security.

Travis Motal is the Director of Secondary Education & Director of CTE, Fine Arts, and School Safety at Liberty Hill ISD.

“So, we’re doing all of these things and they are all great, but they are all, once the danger has gotten here already and now, we are trying to slow it down, and not let it in; but if I could detect the danger before it even gets there, how much better is that information,” Motal said.

In search of a security measure that is proactive Motal, discovered SparkCognition.

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