Shooter Detection Systems (SDS), a former ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award Winner, and Mutualink, have joined forces in a new technology integration between SDS’s Guardian Indoor Active Shooter Detection System and Mutualink’s Interoperability Platform to rapidly disseminate critical information and improve situational awareness for first responders during active shooter incidents.
Active shooter incidents have exposed critical gaps in emergency communications between incident locations and the local law enforcement agencies responding to them in schools, workplaces and public venues.
SDS and Mutualink’s new initiative is intended to bridge this gap by instantly opening communication lines between incident locations and law enforcement that will provide first responders with real-time situational awareness for a more rapid and informed response, aimed to save lives in active shooter events.
Built upon sniper detection technology used by the U.S. military in conflicts around the globe, Guardian combines proprietary acoustic gunshot detection algorithms and infrared sensors to detect gunshots within indoor environments.
(Learn about SDS’s Guardian Indoor Active Shooter Detection System, its Government Certifications for performance, and see many of the integrations with security systems which includes leading Video, Access Control, and Mass Notification Systems plus additional, flexible options to broadcast shot notifications via PA Systems, Digital Security Radio, Emergency Lighting, and Alarm Systems. Courtesy of Shooter Detection Systems and YouTube. Posted on Apr 5, 2019.)
This dual-mode technology unique to the SDS’s Guardian System, detects 100% of indoor gunshots with zero false alerts, as per extensive performance testing conducted by the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure in the United Kingdom.
The Guardian System is used by K-12 schools, colleges and universities, Fortune 1000 corporations, public venues, and state and federal government agencies.
With a similar customer base, Mutualink’s business is rapid multimedia communication enablement.
When time saved means lives saved, Mutualink helps first responders resolve incidents more quickly through expedited, effective radio and real-time video collaboration.
With a simple drag-and-drop interface, dispatchers, security officers and law enforcement personnel can quickly create radio and video bridges, enhancing response through fast coordination and enhanced situational awareness.
Building occupants are instantly alerted to the presence and location of gunshots, in locations utilizing the Guardian System, allowing them to make informed, critical decisions to empower them to help save their own lives.
(Learn how you can improve your communications through interoperability. Hear from public safety, school and private security experts tell their stories. Courtesy of Mutualink and YouTube. Posted on Oct 2, 2018.)
When combined with Mutualink, the integration instantly activates a collaboration session with law enforcement communications systems when an active shooter is detected.
The Guardian-Mutualink solution will now:
Automate law enforcement communication with onsite security upon the detection of gunshots
Deliver real-time situational awareness of the incident by radio, video and text for rapid, informed response
This new joint integration allows Guardian customers to choose to establish a communications bridge with law enforcement on the Mutualink system upon gunshot detections.
The potential for privacy concerns over information sharing between private and public entities is mitigated, as each entity maintains sovereign control over their communications.
Information can also be shared on an ad hoc basis.
“Since 2014 we’ve been delivering our customers a critical missing piece to their active shooter response plans with gunshot detection solutions that communicate immediate, lifesaving information in under one second to building occupants,” explains SDS CEO Christian Connors.
“Recent active shooter events have emphasized the need to take our mission one step further and integrate with leading public safety technology providers like Mutualink so communities can prioritize information sharing with law enforcement in real-time to save lives during active shooter incidents.”
“SDS views the Mutualink connection to local and federal law enforcement as a major step in alleviating the public to private communication barrier.”
This new technology integration joins two proven DHS SAFETY Act Certified technologies that instantly intersect communications during active shooter incidents with an integrated suite of onsite gunshot monitoring with mass notification, law enforcement radio, video and data collaboration between the incident location and law enforcement.
“Mutualink is honored to be working with Shooter Detection Systems. We feel proud that the combination of technologies offers schools, convention centers and other public and private entities a platform for mitigating threats to their stakeholders,” Mark Hatten, Mutualink CEO, said.
“The public deserves technologies that will keep them safe. And the truth is, first responders will also be safer when they have better, faster information about the incidents they are charged with resolving.”
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