More Dayton-area school districts will use artificial intelligence this year to enhance safety by detecting risks and threats.

Kettering and Oakwood schools have new district-wide security systems featuring AI components, a step the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek district took ahead of last school year.

Oakwood has installed a system similar to the Greene County School District, allowing tracking of visitors to all school buildings.

Officials said Kettering is implementing a different one, but both systems can flag potentially problematic visitors, including criminals.

Centerville implemented a system last year that compares visitor IDs to a national database of registered sex offenders and tracks others at the district’s request. But it lacks AI capabilities, according to the district.

According to its website, Bellbrook and Oakwood are using technology from Verkada, a 7-year-old business with 16 offices around the world.

Local officials said it was “state-of-the-art” and provided “real-time information” of visitors’ locations.

Oakwood Superintendent Neil Gupta said visitors going beyond the main office require a driver’s license or another state-issued ID.

“The added layer of security allows us to do (a) soft background check,” Gupta said. “When they run it, the security also integrates with the cameras we put up. The cameras have some artificial intelligence which helps in tracking the visitors coming and going throughout the building.

The old system did not integrate these two elements, officials said, allowing officers to see the cameras but without the tracking system.

Bellbrook-Sugarcreek and Oakwood officials said background checks can yield information such as whether a visitor has a criminal history.

Bellbrook-Sugarcreek officials “feel as though this system gives our students, staff and families peace of mind and a reassuring sense of security knowing that there are multiple layers of security before they even enter any of our buildings, ” District. communications coordinator Henry Conte told the Dayton Daily News.

“Real-time information on who is in our buildings – and where they are – is a wonderful tool of this technology,” he said.

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Centerville and Kettering contracted with Raptor Technologies, a Houston-based business founded in 2002 that specializes in school security.

Kettering’s visitor management system looks for sex offenders, people with custody rights issues, and can be customized for student and parent databases, said Jeff Johnson, the district’s director of business services, in an email.

He said that the permitted visitors are given a badge with their photograph.

“The cameras are on a different system,” Johnson said. “They have AI technology that will give the Kettering Schools the ability to detect weapons.

“Once the cameras are installed, this AI technology will be the next step in our security plan,” he added.

Johnson has said that the catering improvements also include exterior door access, interior and exterior cameras, walkie talkies and exterior LED lights.

The four districts paid for the system with the help of state grants, most of which came after Governor Mike DeWine announced more than $42 million to the state’s more than 600 public school districts this year.

Johnson said Kettering Schools spent about $1.1 million to enhance security in all 12 district school buildings.

Conte said the cost of Bellbrook-Sugarcreek’s system is approximately $800,000, with an estimated $200,000 coming from the state.

Oakwood used more than $257,000 in grant money to upgrade its system, said Tracey Hale, community relations director. The total cost of the system is still being calculated, he said.

Centerville used $42,000 of the grant, according to district spokeswoman Sarah Swan.

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