2 S.C. School Districts Install Evolv Technology Weapons Detection Systems

The AI-based technology can screen 60 people per minute and does not require emptying pockets or removing bags, according to the company.

Massachusetts-based Evolv Technology announces two of South Carolina’s 20 largest school districts are the first in the nation to install the company’s weapons screening and threat detection systems.

Spartanburg County District 6 — the 20th largest school district with approximately 11,500 students — and Florence 1 — the 11th largest with over 16,000 students — installed Evolv’s non-invasive free flow weapons detection systems, which can detect guns, bombs and large knives.

Evolv’s technology eliminates the need to choose between preventing threats from entering a campus and maintaining a welcoming environment that allows students and staff to move quickly through screening, according to the company’s press release. Its patented systems combine AI and sensors to differentiate and identify threats from personal items, allowing students to quickly pass through screening.

The technology, which can screen 60 people per minute, does not require emptying pockets or removing bags and people can walk side-by-side through the detectors. The technology also allows for targeted searches, showing in real-time where the potential threat is on a person’s body.

“We wanted to incorporate security technology not because we had any incidents, but because we wanted to ensure we never have one. I’d been researching security strategies and next-generation technologies searching for a solution that delivered optimal security while providing a welcoming, non-prison-like environment for everyone on campus,” said Spartanburg 6 director of student services Dr. Mark Smith. “I’d been coming up short until I discovered Evolv. They checked all the boxes.”

Prior to using Evolv, Florence 1 was using traditional metal detectors.

“They were highly inefficient because they created lines, prompted an overwhelming number of manual and secondary searches, and there was no way to capture any screening data,” said Florence 1 director of security and school safety Douglas Nunnally. “We want students in class learning, not waiting in lines. We needed a system that would speed up the screening process without decreasing security and with Evolv, the process is better, faster and smoother.”

Following two successful initial implementations, both districts installed additional Evolv systems throughout their campuses.

Learn more about the products at evolvtechnology.com.

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