Gunshot detection technology provider Shooter Detection Systems (SDS) has been selected to install its Guardian Active Shooter Detection System for the new automated people mover (APM) facility at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), California.
Together with technological solutions from Genetec and Everbridge, the final system will be integrated with the APM facility’s video, access control, mass notification and critical emergency management system.
The Los Angeles City Council approved a 30-year contract worth US$4.9bn with LAX Integrated Express Solutions (LINXS) to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the APM train system at the airport. Bombardier Transportation will provide the APM operating system, including overseeing the design and installation of the Guardian System.
According to Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), APM trains will arrive every two minutes, with convenience and accessibility being key to its service. Station platforms are set to have escalators, elevators and moving walkways to provide fast and convenient access to airport terminals. It is estimated that the APM will have the capacity to transport 10,000 passengers per hour and up to 87.7 million passengers yearly.
Christian Connors, CEO of SDS, said, “The Guardian system continues to be the gunshot detection system of choice for major airports and transportation authorities across the USA. This is due in large part to our success with existing airport installations and our zero false alert history, but we also credit the rigorous testing and independent third-party certifications that qualify Guardian as a true-life safety solution.”
Built from sniper detection technology used by the US military in conflicts around the globe, Guardian combines proprietary acoustic gunshot detection algorithms and infrared sensors to detect gunshots in an indoor environment.
Unique to the Guardian System, this dual-mode technology has been certified to detect 100% of gunshots and produces zero false alerts, as per extensive performance testing conducted by the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure in the UK.