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JUN 2019

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32 Security Business / www.SecurityInfoWatch.com / June 2019 Back to School SECURITY Similarly, the Safe Zone Gunfire Detector, introduced last year at CES and featured at ISC West in 2019, uses a combination of acoustic and infrared detection; as does the Guardian Indoor system from Shooter Detection Systems. Integration with Other Systems Gunshot detection systems vary in their integration capabilities. They may be integrated with some combination of video, access control, PSIM and mass notification systems, and with panic alarms, public address systems, drones, license plate readers, predictive policing software, crime dashboards and geospatial software. Louroe Electronics’ Gunshot Detector software, for example, integrates acoustic detection with IP cameras and video management software (VMS) to use analytics to classify and verify a gunshot and then trigger notification through the VMS or other sources. Other manufacturers are integrating multiple technologies into a single piece of hardware. Databuoy, for example, is currently working with partners in the smarty city and lighting industries to integrate its acoustic sensors with luminaire fixtures. Shot Tracer’s Eagle Eyes combines gunshot detection with high-resolution still images that are sent to selected recipients when a shooting occurs. Choosing a System According to Chris Connors, CEO of Shooter Detection Systems, independent third-party certification can help narrow the field when it comes to evaluating gunshot detection systems and their technology. Its Guardian system was approved by the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure – a U.K. government authority – achieving a 100-percent detection rate and a zero percent false alert rate in performance trials. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security also certified Guardian under the Integration Tips: Gunshot Detection Technology Convergint's Matt Powell on how to work with clients to choose and deploy the right equipment By Matt Powell Few technologies are as critical as gunshot detection in today’s world. From school shootings to terror acts, the ability to confirm that an incident is from a gunshot allows for faster responses to a critical situation. There have been many articles written about the importance of gunshot detection in a security strategy, and I don’t want to rewrite those articles; instead, I will focus on the lessons that we at Convergint Technologies have learned with this technology. When you introduce technology, it changes the dynamics of the active shooter situation, because it adds a trustworthy notification method. In the midst of chaos, the human ear often cannot differentiate between a book For more than two decades, Matt Powell has worked in the security industry, experiencing the market as an end-user, manufacturer, and integrator. He specializes in transportation security, leading Convergint's transportation market efforts.

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