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Automating Active Shooter Responses in Schools

With the increase in school shootings, it is important to take advantage of modern technology to keep schools safer. It takes an average of 3-5 minutes after a shooting occurs before emergency responders are notified of the event. A fully automated active shooter response system is designed to protect the public from active shooter incidents and detect gunfire both indoors and outdoors. To start saving as many lives as possible we must start looking towards automation.

There are many different types of solutions out there that will automate a lock down procedure while providing notifications to the authorities and any other first responder or staff.   Some require a faculty member to hit a button and some will go a step further and start the process without anyone on site initiating the notification.

There are hundreds of scenarios, that we are aware of, but since many schools are receiving state and federal funding to protect our children we’ll be focusing on our fully loaded version.

There are hundreds of scenarios, that we are aware of, but since many schools are receiving state and federal funding to protect our children we’ll be focusing on our fully loaded version

The first line of defense is facial recognition and A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) functionality layered onto the existing camera system as well as adding additional cameras where needed.  Yes, this is a hot button for privacy advocates, but we are suggesting a localized secure system, not an Amazon service that emulates the essence of big brother.   Once implemented the system can now check in all students, faculty, vendors, and even parents as they enter the school and or school bus.  Parents can receive automatic notifications via Facebook messenger when their child arrives or leaves school.

A.I. software applications have extensive benefits such as; allowing a single person to monitor over 200 cameras at one time by showing only events that need to be viewed and requiring it to be cleared ensuring nothing is missed such as; automatic notifications for anyone approaching that is not allowed back on site, a person that is simply not registered in the system, a parent walking in or out with a child that is not their own, unusual crowd gathering, no teachers present, fighting, screams, glass breaking, smoke, fire, abandoned bag, gunshot detection, and more.

The automation comes in when you start marrying different IoT devices based on event triggers that would look something like this.  A gunshot is detected by the camera and immediately is relayed to a call center manned by retired police officers with a video feed loop of the incident.  The sound is verified as a gunshot and the system immediately triggers several simultaneous actions;  locking down the building and all rooms, sounding an alarm, text messages of the situation to all relevant personnel, a live video feed to emergency responders highlighting and following the suspect, sending the entire day’s video footage of the suspect to emergency personnel allowing them to analyze any other potential threats, an immediate pull from social media sites for analysis to the responders, allowing remote door locking/unlocking access to safely let out anyone away from the situation and allowing any emergency personnel inside, if fire is detected the HVAC system is immediately shut off, and more.  All of these actions can be performed seamlessly without having to rely on someone in extreme duress.

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