Aug 03 2018

How Gunshot Detection Technology Can Help Make Your Organization Safer

With recent tragedies still fresh in mind—it’s important to ask: “What else can we do to make organizations safer?”

Enter gunshot detection technology. Gunshot detection was originally developed by the military to help U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan locate enemy sniper fire. With active shooter incidents sadly becoming more prevalent, companies have adapted this technology for use in commercial and public buildings.

SOS Technologies Group, one of Summit’s Strategic Alliance Partners, is a Maryland-based security technologies provider that offers the Guardian Indoor Active Shooter Detection System. The system uses a stand-alone, dual-authentication, smart sensor panel that detects gunshots. Summit spoke with CEO Harel Turkel about the devices to get a better understanding of how they work and what they can do.

Graphic provided by SOS Technologies Group

How does it work?

When a gunshot is fired, the sound of the shot is picked up by the system’s microphones. At the same time, the flash of the gunshot is captured by the system’s infrared detection. The audio and infrared detection give the system two forms of verification. This means the system will not mistake other loud sounds for gunshots, eliminating the chance of false alarms.

Within one second of the system receiving both inputs, the system alerts law enforcement and others (as determined by the client) of the gunshot. For law enforcement, the system taps into the local police department’s radio system. For staff and employees, an alert can be sent to their mobile phone and/or their computer. In both cases, the alert shows where and when the gunshot was detected. For example: “Shot fired. First Floor Cafeteria. 12:36 PM.”

Targeted Response

A digital version of the organization’s floor plan can immediately called onto the screen of computers. These reports are customizable, allowing staff to show where the gunshot is in relation to the surrounding area. The report can then be sent to law enforcement; this gives them the advantage of knowing where to go ahead of time.

On top of this, the system can also be directed to immediately lock certain doors in a building. Surveillance cameras are also able to be connected to the system, which then sends law enforcement a video of the time of the gunshot along with the other data.

While this system is useful, Harel warns that it’s still a passive device. Additional active shooter training for everyone in a facility increases the chances of survival. He adds that many states are now including gunshot detection technology in “school hardening bills,” laws that increase funding for school security.

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CATEGORIES:  Security 

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