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Major US airport to install gunshot detection technology

Shooter Detection Systems (SDS), a global developer of gunshot detection technology, has announced that a major international airport in the USA has selected its Guardian Indoor Active Shooter Detection System as a part of a series of upgrades to strengthen security.

The Guardian system will alert airport authorities to the precise location of the shooter within one second of the gunshot being detected. The airport will install the Guardian system first as a standalone active shooter detection and locating capability, followed by integration with the airport’s paging, access control and video management systems over the next year. A public announcement will be made by the airport when the initial project is completed over the next few months.

Recent active shooter events have lead to several invitations by airports and other agencies to have the SDS systems tested at travel terminals, administration buildings, and municipal facilities. According to the manufacturer, the Guardian was the only system to detect 100% of all shots fired and have no false alerts.

Christian Connors, CEO of SDS, said, “When the news reports about a deadly shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport came in, we had just gathered for the kickoff meeting for this airport project. SDS was formed by a team that supported our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan by fielding the Boomerang Gunshot Detection System. Sniper incidents and casualties significantly decreased where the system was installed.”

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and families of the tragedy in Fort Lauderdale. We look forward to continuing our conversations with governing agencies and customers and being a part of the solution to enhance security against the active shooter threat."

Written by Dan Symonds

January 11, 2017


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