New shooter alert system could make Nebraska schools safer
The sound of a gun shot, is what this Guardian Indoor Active Shooter Detection System picks up. It sends mass notification alerts to authorities in record time.
When an active shooter situation occurs, it often takes those near it too long to detect want is happening and alert officials.
With this new system, children and adults alike could be safer.
The sound of a gunshot, is what this Guardian Indoor Active Shooter Detection System picks up. It sends mass notification alerts to authorities in record time.
When police enter a building, like a school, they normally go in blind to find the shooter -- but this system could change that.
"With the active shooter, you are able to see exactly where that shooter is in the building. So, if they're in the front lobby, local law enforcement knows that that shooter is in the front lobby and they can act accordingly," said Miki Wulf, sales engineer for Electronic Contracting Company in Lincoln.
The sensor sends the location of the shot fired and uses gunshot identification software and gunfire flash detection.
"If you're in an active shooting event, you don't know what's going on," says Matt Thorne, executive vice president for Electronic Contracting Company. "You hear the sounds and you're trying to figure out what's happening in your facility. Well, within a second this sensor will pick up that information and send that out."
The company says in events like these, response time is critical. Statistics show it can take 18 minutes for law enforcement to arrive.
The program can be used with other security systems.
"(There are) zero false alerts," said Thorne. "You can't walk up to a sensor, which is typically installed in the ceiling and take a stack of books and slam the stack of books down on the ground and it go off. It doesn't work that way."
The system has already been installed in the Osceola Public Schools and it's the first school system to install the program in the Midwest.
The company hopes to have this system installed in schools, churches and businesses across Nebraska.
"We also work with our local architects and engineers to educate them and as they build new buildings and as they renovate, if the school or church or cooperation would like to look at this type of solution in a corporate facility, this technology exists," added Thorne.
Osceola Public Schools and the police department will do a live simulation with their new system at the end of November.
For more information, visit eccoinnc.com/shooter-detection.