Keeping Children Safe With Shooter Detection Systems
In 2019, there were 45 school shootings in 46 weeks. Of those incidents, 32 happened in schools with students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The average school shooting lasts 12.5 minutes. This is shocking for most of us, and it makes us fearful to send our children off to school.
Until recently, people have dialed 911 to report an emergency. In the last 50 years that 911 has existed, there have been improvements and their process has been streamlined. However, the current procedure from getting the call to distributing it to law enforcement officers can be delayed, leading to loss of life or, in the case of school shootings, multiple lives. The good news is that technology has been developed to shorten response time.
What Is A Shooter Detection System?
A gunshot detection system is new technology developed to shorten response time. When gunfire occurs on school property, gunshot detection systems identify the gunfire and request immediate officer dispatch, reducing the critical time from the first gunshot to police arrival on the scene.
Gunshot detection technology was first researched during World War I. With the advancement of technology, the idea is now reality. As with most security technology, it was developed by the military first and used in Afghanistan and Iraq. It detected sniper fire and quickly alerted soldiers. So how does it help in a school setting?
How Shooter Detection Works
The questions many parents want answers to are how can students and staff be protected during active shooter incidents and what are schools doing about it. The response of the school board should be the use of an integrated acoustic gunshot detection system (AGDS). AGDS relies on a series of sensors, often placed on lampposts and various locations throughout the school. If a gunshot is fired, the sensor detects its specific acoustic signature, and the exact time and location is sent to the police. This bypasses 911 to quickly send first responders not only to the scene but also to the exact location of the shots fired.
The Two Types Of Shooting Detection Systems
While there are several shooter detection systems, there are two that are most commonly used. They are the following:
- Outdoor - As previously stated, a shooter detection system can be mounted on vehicles, lamp posts, poles, walls, and even on a security guard’s shoulder. Using acoustic detection and computer-based signs, it can report the precise location of gunfire. It is also easy to integrate into existing systems.
- Indoor - Installed into existing building infrastructure, the system can be mounted on walls, ceilings, or a surface mount box. It detects gunfire in the building and immediately relays this information through a floor plan map showing where the shot was fired not just to first responders but also to the building’s occupants. This is done via text message, allowing everyone involved to respond as soon as possible.
It is a sad reality for today’s schoolchildren that shootings can occur at any time. It is our responsibility to use whatever means necessary to protect them. Security Integration Inc. is committed to keeping schoolchildren safe and secure. Contact us today to learn more about protecting your school.