New ‘active shooter’ detection system installed in Boston’s Gilbane construction offices

The Guardian system from Shooter Detection Systems in Rowley can pinpoint the location of a gunman firing shots inside a building, giving occupants time to flee.
The Guardian system from Shooter Detection Systems in Rowley can pinpoint the location of a gunman firing shots inside a building, giving occupants time to flee. –Shooter Detection Systems LLC

One of the nation’s largest construction companies, Gilbane, has installed gunfire detection technology from a Massachusetts firm that aims to save lives during a mass shooting incident—and is urging their clients to do the same, according to BetaBoston.

The Providence-based construction company installed a Guardian indoor gunfire detection system from Shooter Detection Systems LLC, of Rowley, in its Boston offices. The system has been installed in about 50 locations, including a public school in Methuen, BetaBoston reported.

The technology identifies a shooter with small sensors that combine microphones and infrared light sensors— used to identify the noise and muzzle flash of a gunshot. It then feeds data to a computer that identifies the shooter’s exact location to relay to police, according to the system’s site.

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Building occupants can also receive text messages warning them of the attack, and providing guidance on whether to take cover or find the nearest exist, BetaBoston reported.

A Gilbane senior vice president told BetaBoston the company chose to install the system to protect employees, and to invite customers to their offices to look at it before purchasing for their own buildings.

Read the complete story at BetaBoston.

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