While shootings at airports are mercifully rare, they demand a rapid and effective response – but it is a challenge to pinpoint the location of the incident in a large and crowded environment
An effective police response remains the first line of defence in a terrorist attack or active shooter event at an airport. These threats apply worldwide, but there is particular attention in the United States given incidents such as the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport shooting in January 2017.
A new generation of technologies, including solutions that capitalise on the Internet of Things, is available to police and aviation security agencies. Options include gunshot detection systems that are designed to give police officers the critical information needed to organise their response – this would be essential in pinpointing the location of shooter or shooters inside a large international airport.
EAGL has landed
Albuquerque, New Mexico start-up EAGL Technology developed a solution called the Emergency Automatic Gunshot Lockdown (EAGL) System. This automated active shooter response system is designed to protect the public from active shooters by detecting gunfire indoors and outdoors.
A key element of the security system is the patented FireFly Wireless Ballistic Sensor: this 433 kHz wireless device is the size of a US 50 cent piece, so it is simple to install.
EAGL analyses waveform and energy levels to discern a firearm has been discharged. Once an active shooter is detected, images are sent of the building layout and the movements of the shooter – along with ballistic information regarding the calibre of the weapon – to law enforcement responders via text, email, and live video streamed to their mobile handheld devices.
The EAGL System can be integrated with legacy CCTV cameras and public address systems to alert building occupants of ongoing threats. It provides full facility lockdown capability when integrated with access control systems.
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