Stealth Entry's Threat-IQ System to Improve Safety in Emergency Situations
Israel Arroyo, Founder and CEO of Stealth Entry
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There are a number of companies out there that work to keep your information safe from outside attackers, but Stealth Entry also strives to be a trusted name in cyber security and also be able to alert you to real world threats.
After serving 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, Israel Arroyo brought his passion for security and intelligence-gathering to the private sector when he founded Stealth Entry in 2009.
“We’ve proudly served organizations like the Department of Defense, state and local governments and lots of organizations in the private sector as well,” explains Israel, President and CEO for Stealth Entry. “We developed a system for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections that the prisons would use to monitor the environment and respond quickly to data it was collecting.”
This system would use cameras and other proprietary sensory equipment to monitor inmates and alert the security team if there was an altercation or other incident.
“As our developer was creating this solution with the Law Enforcement community in mind, it occurred to him that there were so many more applications for this in all sectors – especially with the rise of active shooters in our schools,” says Israel. “It really became a question of, ‘How do we take our expertise to the next level and continue to add features in order to protect others?’
“This system is called Threat-IQ and it’s a critical incident management portal. We’ve taken what has already been working great in the prison system, enhanced it over the last few years and are ready to put it into schools, government buildings and even on to the battlefield.”
With this repurposing, instead of monitoring suspicious behavior in prisons, Threat-IQ can be used to protect and assist in emergencies and combat situations.
“Threat-IQ draws on all types of data that is collected by cameras, sensors or facial recognition software,” explains Israel. “All of the data then goes to a management software that first responders like police, medical personnel and firefighters have access to. So many times these responders arrive on an emergency scene without really knowing what to expect and then have to make quick decisions on what they see immediately.
“Our goal is to give these first responders or warfighters data before they even arrive on the scene to help them make better decisions and to be able to do it even faster. The moment a gun goes off, people naturally go crazy and panic. The great thing is that a computer doesn’t panic and can calmly tell police what has just happened and what is currently happening before the police even arrive.”
Once Threat-IQ senses an emergency, it will send information to the first responders such as floor plans, past video footage, live video feeds and other important details.
“In the case of an active shooter, every second that is cut off of the response time can save lives,” says Israel. “I don’t need to remind anyone about the scenes that we have all seen throughout our country over the last few years in schools and other public places. We hope to mitigate the risks in order to help save lives when an unthinkable tragedy occurs.
“Threat-IQ will trigger alerts under certain events that we can customize and deploy. For example, if a person walks in and a camera recognizes that the person is carrying a handgun, it will set off alarms to the people that can jump into action and assess the situation.”
The system has also been able to sense the difference between a person standing near a sensor and a person collapsing to the ground due to a heart attack before sending an alert.
“We also use facial recognition in order to keep people safe,” says Israel. “For example, in a school we can have photos of all of the students, staff and parents and if someone approaches the building that has never been there before, we’ll know about it. Besides the standard fire alarms, we can have Threat-IQ lock doors, send out messages or contact the local authorities when a certain event triggers it.”
The backbone to Threat-IQ is Stealth Entry’s integration between software development, SMART technologies (IoT), and Artificial Intelligence (AI) which enabled THREAT-IQ to communicate over secure channels with almost all systems and devices.
“Our system really is all inclusive,” says Israel. “We can install cutting-edge technology for clients, but can just as easily work with cameras, security systems or other legacy systems that the client already has in place. This not only helps the client cut down on costs, but it also allows us to have that many more data points coming in.
“One of the ways we won the support of both the State and local Law Enforcement, is by integrating older systems with new systems. We draw data from Google Earth, street and highway cameras, as well as cameras installed on site – plus we often add our own technology on top of that.”
Threat-IQ is also able to learn from what it sees.
“We not only want to share information to people who can help in case of an emergency, we also have predictive analytics running in the background that can also send out a message when something unusual is happening,” says Israel. “For example, it recognizes that objects may be coming to and from a particular ingress or egress point at certain intervals in a day. If more objects are exiting from an egress or ingress point than usual, the system recognizes the delta in the data it is analyzing and alerts a threat intelligence analyst to review potential anomolous activity.
“It’s one thing to collect data or have a live video feed, but it’s another thing for the system to really start learning and be aware of changes that are occurring in real time.”
While monitoring for emergency or unusual activities, Threat-IQ can also be used to manage, identify and monitor SMART technologies being used by a facility. By controlling the HVAC systems and lights, the system can save the client utility costs by turning off the lights and air-conditioning when no one is present.
Threat-IQ can be used effectively during military combat operations defending combat outposts, forward operating bases, vehicle checkpoints, small unit foot patrols, combat operation centers and many more military use cases. During his time serving with the Marines, Israel was deployed in 2005 to the Al Anbar province, Ramadi Iraq. At that time, Ar- Ramadi was the deadliest place on the planet! Israel describes an event where Threat-IQ could have saved the lives of two Marines. During combat operations in Ramadi Iraq, there were two Infantry Marines Cpl. Jonathan Yale and LCpl. Jordan Haerter, standing post at a vehicle checkpoint outside of a make-shift barracks and forward operating base. Soon after they took their post at the vehicle checkpoint leading to the barracks, a large Vehicle Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) turned down the alley toward their location, perhaps 60-70 yards in length. It came down speeding making its way through the serpentine concrete barriers and detonating the vehicle killing both Marines instantly, and wounding some allied forces. The blast was so big it collapsed a Mosque over 100 yards away. This event only took 6 seconds from when the truck entered the alley to when it detonated.
THREAT IQ capability could have reduced the time of enemy identification and contact time from 6 seconds to detonation, to between 60 seconds or several minutes depending on the distance between the VC and location of the THREAT-IQ technology deployment. This extra time would have allowed the warfighter to request the appropriate level of counter attack in accordance with the level of enemy attack.
The implementation of our solution when deployed in the correct environment and situation can be a highly effective solution to significantly reduce the risk to life of our citizens, military, allied forces, law enforcement and first responders. .
Stealth Entry also has an R&D division called Stealth Entry Labs that is working on developing cutting edge solutions around emerging technologies such as blockchain and secure IoT. Stealth Entry is using these new technologies to connect devices and buildings in various “Smart City” initiatives throughout the Country.
Stealth Entry is also an EC-Council accredited cyber security training center which provides a training curriculum from beginner to expert levels that is used by the government, the private sector and even high schools to help create a viable pathway for students looking to get into the field of cyber security. “By 2021 there will be over 3.1 M cyber security positions unfilled in the United States alone.”, say Israel.
“I’ve been in the cyber security industry for over 20 years and the things we’re doing now are really far ahead of the curve and it’s exciting to be a part of it.”
Stealth Entry is located at 1900 Polaris Pkwy., Suite 450, Columbus, OH 43240. For more information, call 614.423.9334 or visit www.stealthentry.com