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Shooter Detection Systems Demonstrates Guardian Technology during Live Drill
Shooter Detection Systems LLC (SDS) conducted a live active shooter detection drill on April 2nd to showcase the benefits of the Guardian Indoor Active Shooter Detection System, at the King 33 Public Safety Training facility in Southington (CT).
Drawing upon the same concepts and necessities that brought automated fire alarms to public schools and buildings in the 1940s, Guardian's well-researched system uses a state-of-the art audio and infrared sensor network to instantly detect the location of a gunshot inside of a building and immediately alert corporate security officials, first responders and building occupants.
"Today's event demonstrated the effectiveness of the Guardian System to immediately detect a shot fired inside a building and alert the proper personnel in the blink of an eye," said Christian Connors, Chief Executive Officer of SDS. "If this had been an actual emergency, there would have been a mass notification, allowing building occupants to make informed decisions that could save lives."
During the event, Southington police officers responded to an active shooter situation, where the shooter -- played by a member of the King 33 staff -- fired blank rounds at various locations inside the training center. In the first scenario, the Guardian System was turned off, and those inside the building were unaware of the potential danger. In the second scenario, Guardian was active, alerting the police department and those inside the building within seconds to the exact location of the active shooter.
This allowed those inside to take shelter or evacuate, while the system constantly updated police with the current location and direction of the shooter's travel.
Former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, an advisor to SDS, discussed his personal experience in addressing active shooter events and how a fully automated reporting system would help save lives. Commissioner Davis also explained how the Guardian sensor's capabilities far exceed that other of lower technology approaches.
The need to automate detection of active shooter threats -- similar to how alarm systems remove the human element from detecting smoke and fire -- is a quickly growing factor for businesses, and last week’s demonstration drew a wide variety of guests including representatives of Fortune 100 companies, international media corporations, professional sports franchises, entertainment companies, the federal court system, colleges and universities, Connecticut State Legislators, and nationally-known banks and financial institutions.
"King 33 is all about providing advanced training resources to those who need them," said Chris Fields, owner of King 33 Public Safety Training. "I see tremendous potential in the Guardian Indoor Active Shooter Detection System in identifying a threat, locating it, and relaying that information to authorities who can respond equipped with vital intelligence. I am proud to partner with Shooter Detection Systems for this event."
- Corporate News/9-1-1magazine.com (via SDS, 4/2/15)
Photo: Above right: A member of the King 33 staff poses as the shooter during the simulation. (Nicolaus Czarnecki for John Guilfoil Public Relations)