Tech to protect children from school shooting? Medical school dropout's Manayunk startup is on it. | 1/18/2019 | Staff
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Matias Klein is a medical school dropout who is still out to save lives. Orlando "Jahlil Beats" Tucker is a hip-hop producer and songwriter trying to help breathe new life into his beleaguered Delaware County hometown of Chester.

Both are hoping a marriage gets them there.

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That union is of two techie game-changers—artificial intelligence (machines making decisions) and the Internet of Things (machines talking to each other) - at the core of Kognition, a Manayunk start-up Klein cofounded two years ago to protect lives and businesses not with stethoscopes, MRIs and blood tests, but with AI, facial-recognition software, and smart devices that are capable of many things, including locking doors (without human activation) if a shooter is detected in a school.

"I was always a computer geek," the 42-year-old son and brother of doctors said of his veering away from a career in medicine to one as a tech entrepreneur.

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Launched commercially in August 2017, Kognition, its creators and other IT experts say, is unique from other security-oriented tech companies because its smart-property system is hardware-agnostic, meaning it can communicate with different types of systems without requiring special hardware adaptations.

Tucker, who, with partners Ra-Tah Johnson and David "Doobie" Elliott, are a development company doing business as Tandem Real Estate Holdings LLC, said Kognition will be integral to their plans for making a pocket—at least for starters—of Chester's largely desolate downtown known as Overtown a safe zone.

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"If you want to have thriving businesses and if you want the employees from the actual community to be safe, you have to have security, it's a no-brainer," Tucker said. "This is a poverty-stricken city and we understand that and we're just trying to change that one step at a time."

Their current projects—on Avenue of the States, just down from City Hall—include a sneaker store, a clothing boutique, a...
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