Company Overview

Our mission is simple: saving lives

CEO Ben Ziomek in conversation with fellow founder Tai, while pointing at a laptop.


At Actuate, we work to mitigate the costs of gun violence. We build firearm detection systems using computer vision software and artificial intelligence, turning any security camera into a smart camera. We aim to accelerate security response time and improve safety outcomes during active shooter situations, protect organizations from COVID-19, and help manage buildings more effectively.

Actuate Co-Founder Sonny Tai’s passion for prevention comes from his upbringing in South Africa, where family friends were part of the country’s high gun violence statistics. As the gun violence epidemic has swelled here in the U.S., Sonny’s background as a Marine Corps Captain led him to create Actuate. By sourcing key feedback from major stakeholders—law enforcement, educators, other veterans—Sonny and our team understood that early, real-time threat information would help achieve our vision of a safer, more intelligent future.

We’re committed to making security systems more effective. Our lightweight software solution easily integrates with existing security camera systems without the need for on-site installation or other physical considerations.


Diverse by background, united by purpose

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Sonny Tai

Co-Founder & CEO

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Ben Ziomek

Co-Founder & CTO

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Dan Kopchik

VP of Sales

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Pablo Oberhauser

Data Science

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Tatiana Hanazaki

Software Engineering

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Jacob Weiss

Software Engineering

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Minh Tran

Data Science

Brandon Bryan


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Mladen Lukić

Data Engineering