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Gunshot Detection Systems: The Fight Against Active Shooters
Active Shooter Prevention – Gunshot Detection System,
Active shooters and public open fire incidents are on a critical rise. Gun violence has brought itself into crucial societal conversations. Whether in a grocery store, place of worship, or company grounds, anyone can seemingly become a gun violence victim. In 2022 alone, according to The Gun Violence Archive (GVA), 617 mass shootings occurred in the United States. Just months into 2023, there were already 60 shootings in public spaces that qualified as “mass shootings.” And more than 4,000 people died from gun violence. This is why Gunshot detection Systems are critical these days.
With this new emerging dynamic, technological advancements and functions must be made to combat these threats. With public spaces showing how susceptible they are to active shooters, there has now been a demand for needed action in the technological realm.
Where is the problem and why do we need Gunshot Detection Systems?
One of the most noticeable problems in active shooter accounts is the need to alert authorities when an emergency or specifically a gunshot has occurred. In the case of the horrific West Virginia Wal-Mart shooting in November 2022, a disgruntled former manager opened fire in the breakroom of the superstore. It was reported that authorities were not alerted until two minutes after the first gunshot due to a lack of gunshot detection systems. When authorities were contacted by personnel inside the store, they were able to react. Still, they did not know the gunman’s location nor the extent of any injuries or fatalities. In such situations, the response is crucial and every second matters to authorities. Time can be the difference between life and death.
What does this mean for workplace environments?
Workplace environments have become specified targets for gun violence. Employers are looking for ways to face the problem regardless of the industry. Although many employees are permanently remote, there is still a concern for the need for safety since most U.S. employees are still physically located in a workplace environment. And, even though there are panic button systems for offices, there is still a threat for those in public spaces.
Gunshot Detection Systems
Engineers have developed technology that will keep public spaces safe if these incidents occur. Gunshot detection systems utilize air pressure and acoustic technology to sense and report active shooters. Click here: How Response Technologies helped Appleton Library to be secured. This development can detect and report an active shooter in seconds. This is a ground-breaking alternative to the immediate need of bystanders to call authorities, while possibly in distress. With gunshot detection systems, this reporting and pinpoint location technology alerts authorities and allows those who might have already been impacted to remove themselves or take necessary precautions.
Response Technologies’ engineering team has taken interactive response science to the next level. With the gunshot detection sensor, communication to needed emergency personnel is two seconds away.
The day has unfortunately come when gunshot detection technology and emergency response systems are needed in almost every space. With active shooter occurrences now happening daily. We as the public must equip ourselves with the needed methods to keep ourselves, our homes, and workplaces safe.
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