Company develops bullet detection device
May 17, 2018 05:44 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – School shootings and threats have districts across the nation looking for new ways to stay safe. A new system developed by Albuquerque-based EAGL Technology aims to detect a shot and, by proxy, the likely location of the shooter; locks down the site; and gets help.
EAGL Technology Application and Dealer Support Services Director Ken Hiner said often during shooting situations, it's difficult for people to assess exactly what's happening and where. That makes it tough for first responders to know where to go first.
"That first handful of minutes, it's always about trying to figure out, really where did this happen, which building, inside, outside," Hiner said.
The EAGL Gunshot Detection System aims to stop shootings sooner by taking that search out of the equation. Developers say a device called the Firefly can pick up the energy of a gunshot, differentiate it from that of a firework or car backfire, and even predict what caliber gun the shot likely came from.
When it detects a shot, the system locks down the school or another facility, pinpoints where the shot or shots came from on a map, steams surveillance cameras set up at the site, and texts, emails and calls law enforcement and anyone else listed. There’s a location such as a hallway or room number, time and map included.
"If they know that the notification piece is taken care of, it really comes down to focusing on what the next steps for people are, and that’s all going to be site-specific," Hiner said.
Artesia Public Schools has already adopted the system, and other districts are now looking into it. EAGL Technology said it also pitched the product to the agency doling out state money for school security upgrades.
Updated: May 17, 2018 05:44 AM
Created: May 16, 2018 03:59 PM
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