We are honored to formally announce the launch of our Safer Schools Initiative pilot program. This critical initiative will improve safety for students, teachers, and staff – first in West Virginia public schools, then across the country, and around the world.

Our live video analytics platform ROC Watch will be used to identify visitors and help administrators manage building access before guests enter the front office. Through a fast, easy mobile enrollment process, staff and visitors set up a profile within a virtual badgeless visitor management system stored locally with each school.

ROC Watch can then be used to:

  • Approve or deny visitors before they enter the premises
  • Detect incidents or intruders, including long guns 
  • Configure smart alerts for any device
  • Count or locate missing children during an incident

Here at ROC.ai, we’ve been working closely with more than 50 schools in four West Virginia districts on the initial rollout of our live video analytics platform into existing school-based camera systems.

Last month, ROC Watch went live at West Fairmont Middle School and Marion County School District. This month, schools in Taylor, Doddridge, and Putnam counties will all follow in the implementation process, which entails installing software to enhance the capabilities of existing security camera systems.

During this pilot phase, we are working closely with our school-based and community partners in West Virginia to optimize our technology and meet our undeniably high standards of accuracy, speed, and precision. With the successful initial rollout for our Safer Schools Initiative pilot program, we are proud to lead the future of proactive technology solutions to address one of our nation’s most troubling challenges.

“We are thrilled to be working with schools in West Virginia to pilot this important innovation. School safety is a top priority for us. We are dedicated to creating cutting-edge solutions that will help build a safer future for children and educators everywhere.” said ROC CEO Scott Swann.


ROC Watch in Action

Detection and Prevention
Local law enforcement and school administrators can collaborate on proactive watchlists of prohibited individuals, like discharged employees or expelled students. ROC Watch can automatically restrict access or send alerts to a designated authority.Crisis Response
ROC Watch can detect a long-gun near the building entrance, automatically restrict access, and alert authorities. It can also alert if an unapproved visitor is attempting to pick up a child from school, so security or staff can intervene.

Post-Crisis Response
During an evacuation, ROC Watch can quickly count children to ensure no one is missing. ROC Watch can identify a missing student’s current location with or without a face in view, and trace an individual’s movement across multiple camera streams. 

Our Safer Schools Initiative aligns with the West Virginia Governor’s statewide WV School Safety Initiative to improve safety and security measures before, during, and after a potential incident.

We are especially grateful for the early support our pilot initiative has received here in West Virginia. Thank you to Marion County School District Superintendent Donna Heston, Ed.D., as Marion County Schools were the first to sign on as early adopters followed by Taylor County (Superintendent Christy Miller), Doddridge County (Superintendent Adam Cheeseman), and Putnam County (Superintendent John Hudson).  ROC also appreciates our US Senators Joe Manchin III, Shelley Moore-Capito, West Virginia Department of Homeland Security, WV State Police, WV Fusion Center, WV Department of Corrections, and the West Virginia State Board of Education for their support, as we gift West Virginia schools with these enhanced security capabilities. 

Safer Schools Initiative Inquiries
For media and partnership inquiries, or general questions about the Safer Schools Initiative, you may also contact our Vice President of Congressional Affairs & Community Outreach Jessica Sell at [email protected] or 949-874-2347.


About Rank One Computing
Founded in 2015 to build faster, more accurate, and reliable computer vision and biometric algorithms, Rank One Computing continuously raises the bar on American-made, ethically-developed technology solutions. We protect millions around the world every day with our industry-leading multimodal software development kit, which powers 3rd-party applications for fraud prevention, commercial security, and criminal investigations, as well as their own growing suite of full-stack video security and live analytics tools. In 2022 Rank One Computing opened its east coast center of excellence in Morgantown, WV.

Reach Out to Learn More

The Safer Schools Initiative is currently accepting applications from West Virginia school districts interested in collaborating on a smarter, safer future for our students and educators. To learn more about the Safer Schools Initiative, apply for the West Virginia pilot, or request additional information, please fill out the following form, visit roc.ai/schools, or email [email protected].

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