Just days after a gunman killed five and wounded several others at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, a major international airport in the United States has decided to include the Guardian Indoor Active Shooter Detection System as part of its overall upgrades to strengthen its security.
The airport is currently not being named, but will be announced when the initial project is complete in the next few months, according to a press release from Shooter Detection Systems (SDS). The system will be integrated with the airport’s paging, access control and video management systems over the next year.
“When the news reports about a deadly shooting at the Ft. Lauderdale airport came in, we had just gathered for the kickoff meeting for this airport project,” said Christian Connors, SDS CEO, in the release. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and families of the tragedy in Ft. 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.”
SDS was formed by a team of soldiers that supported the Boomerang Gunshot Detection System in the field in Iraq and Afghanistan, added Connors, and sniper incidents and casualties decreased where the system was used.
According to the release, recent incidents have prompted several airports and other agencies to contact SDS for tests in travel terminals, administration buildings and municipal facilities. Guardian performed well in the tests, detecting 100 percent of all shots fired and triggering no false alerts.
Guardian was named the Best Active Shooter Gunshot Detection System in the 2016 Homeland Security Awards sponsored by Government Security News.
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