“School and police officials have unveiled a new system to detect and track a gunman that they say is the first in operation in a public school,” gazettenet.com reports. “The Tuesday demonstration [in Methuen, Massachusetts] simulated a gunman entering a grammar school and opening fire. The system’s sensors automatically triggered alerts that reached all police officers and certain school officials within seconds of shots being fired. The system then tracked the gunman as he moved through the building, sending alerts whenever shots were fired.” TTAG tipster One_if_by_land1776 had this to say about that . . .
“The system then tracked the gunman as he moved through the building, sending alerts whenever shots were fired.” So, they can map where s/he shot everyone? More security theater. Again. Still. They will go through every tortured scenario to do ANYTHING to avoid allowing school officials to be armed.
Police Chief Joseph Solomon said he believes such systems should be required in all public buildings.
School Superintendent Judith Scannell said she hopes the district can find the money to pay for outfitting its four other schools.
Speaking of spending taxpayer money, a Bay State company called Shooter Detection Systems paid for the demo. They reckon it’s a lifesaver (obvs.). Which is just as well – U.S. taxpayers paid for it.
Guardian’s core technology was developed in conjunction with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and by a major defense contractor who has deployed over 10,000 military-grade gunshot detection systems to Iraq, Afghanistan and around the globe. These systems have saved many American and NATO Soldier’s lives. This same capability is now available to the commercial market through SDS.
Yes well, there’s no technological fix for this: when seconds count, the police are minutes away. Less minutes is better than more minutes, but the shot detection system isn’t any faster than a 911 call and can’t provide human intel. SDS may be a good addition to school security, but there’s no substitute for arming teachers, administrators and parents against evil. Period.