The legacy of Auschwitz heroism leads Shai Lustgarten to use technology to keep people safe


(DOUG JESSOP – JESSOP’S JOURNEY’S) Meet Shai Lustgarten. He told me about his grandparents heroic leader of the Polish underground in World War IIShimon Pleasure Garden and Shifra Pleasure Garden.

DOUG – Both are captured. they are in Auschwitz and then they escape but they break in again? SHAI – Right. They joined the partisans in the forest. The resistance was called partisans and then they were able to repatriate some forests broke in and took out many Jews, and they did so three times.

This heritage of courage and desire to protect people drives Shai as CEO of a company called OmniQ. He told me; “One of the more well-known products we have is called the Q Shield, which we use to prevent school shootings. They have real-time, first-hand information being processed and automated applications creating actions to resolve and handle events.”

OmniQ uses a camera network along with AI to create realtime Vehicle detection, correlates with hotlists and then issues alarms

How does the Safe City program work? Shai reported; “We installed one of the systems, the first with Q Shield for Safe City. We started this program a few months ago. The very first town, a very small town. In which In the first month we have already solved 23 crimes. We found a missing person. As you said information intelligence is power how you protect schools how you protect cities etc.

Kyle Strickland is the chief of police in the town of Adrian, Georgia. He said; “We needed another pair of eyes around the clock. A power multiplier. It stopped a lot more crime than we anticipated. We investigated and solved a total of 23 gasoline departures at our local store. Based on the cameras. Based on the solution.”

Chief Strickland got emotional as he continued after the official interview was over. His parting words were; “If a kid, God forbid, is kidnapped from the next county and goes here, we can know and know where it’s going to hopefully intervene.”


Everyone has a story. I feel that strongly “Stories have power”. If you’re going through something, chances are someone else is probably going through it too. The shared experiences that we humans have can help each other. That my friend makes the point that stories “help us to understand each other.”

You don’t have to agree with everyone, but I think maybe if people took more time to learn more about others and where they come from, we might find that we have more in common than differences.

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With another entry in Jessop’s Travels, “People, Places, and Things You May Not Know About,” I’m Doug Jessop.

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