His company Firestorm , in Atlanta, uses AI to sift through social media posts looking for threatening terms, pictures and phrases. “If you can intervene when that first behavior becomes apparent, then we can stop that even from ever occurring, and that’s our goal,” Satterfield told CBS46. He began focusing on school safety technology after his company was brought in to handle the Virginia Tech shooting crisis.
They then began formulating a behavior risk assessment program using “One of the things that we observed in that is that there were behaviors of concern back in elementary school, junior high, high school, all about that particular shooter,” Satterfied said. “If you’ll go back to all the recent shootings that you’ve seen around the country, then you see those patterns are repeated over and over again,” he added. His company, which works with schools all across the country, contracts with more than 180 public and private schools in Georgia.
Firestorm has a contract with the Georgia Independent Schools Association, which has at least 80 member schools in the Atlanta area. At least two dozens of those Atlanta private schools are already using the Firestorm technology.
The Firestorm team of only a handful of people use geomapping as it’s main social media monitoring method. It places a geo-fence around school districts and collects words, pictures, and phrases from students and adults who post to social media in those areas.
The company notifies school leaders when they see concerning posts in the area. The school can decide if they want to share that information with police. Read more from wtoc.com…
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