A Massachusetts school district has installed new security technology similar to what the U.S. military uses in war zones.
"Over $20 million dollars of research and development has been invested by the U.S. Government and the defense contractor to mature this capability... [and] incorporates all of the technical lessons learned from real world outdoor use in multiple warfronts and ha[ve] combined that knowledge with thousands of rounds of live fire testing in buildings and schools," Guardian Active Shooter Detection System says on its website.
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Guardian claims it's the first of its kind to be installed in the U.S., but it's being marketed to other schools and public places across the country in the wake of all the recent mass school shootings.
"It is the responsibility of all of us to make sure our schools are sanctuaries for learning. From Columbine to Sandy Hook, unspeakable acts of violence have occurred in our schools, and gun violence is now a major concern for our children, our educators and our parents," said Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-Mass.).
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Tsongas made those comments just before authorities demonstrated the technology at the school in Methuen, Massachusetts – 30 miles north of Boston just south of the New Hampshire border.
While the school was closed in observation of Veterans Day Tuesday, authorities tested the potentially life-saving new system. A man went firing blanks throughout the school and as that happened police were able to coordinate a swift response to the "crisis." The audience there watching the demonstration could see how the technology traces each shot back to its location using sensors installed throughout the building.
Shooter Detection Systems' CEO Christian Connors said the entire system would cost a school the size of the one in Methuen anywhere from $50,000- $100,000. In Methuen, that includes an outdoor acoustic system, 50- 60 smoke-detector-size sensors and infrared cameras to detect muzzle flashes.
Check out the video to learn more about the school's demonstration of the technology on Tuesday:
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