New device helps police keep students safe at school

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 12/13/2013 10:22 pm Published: 12/13/2013 10:17 pm

FOX23 explains how a new piece of technology can detect and report the location of a gunshot inside a school in an instant.

It's a scene we're all too familiar with.

Children's lives taken in an instant at schools like Columbine and Sandy Hook.

Then on Friday afternoon, another school shooter in Colorado takes the life of a student and injures two others.

FOX23 spoke with Jim Cunningham, the CEO of OnAlert Guardian Systems.

"We can't stop individuals from having a gun and entering a school, but what we can do is that we can detect the gunshot in the school and notify 911 and police within 5 seconds instead of the almost 5 minutes it took at Sandy Hook and Columbine," Cunningham said.

The device is a gunshot detection sensor.

You simply plug one into a wall outlet in every room in the school, and that's all it takes for the installation process.

So far, several local schools have expressed a strong interest in testing the system and three have already signed letters of intent to purchase it.

"Within seconds, every in town on their mobile devices will know that a gunshot was fired and what school, and where that shooter is located inside that school and what weapon is being used and how many shots have been fired," Cunningham explained.

Law enforcement agencies will have a map of each school so that they can pinpoint exactly where the shots are coming from using the technology of the device.

The makers say if they can notify police in 5 seconds instead of 5 minutes, the 295 seconds they save will save the lives of children.

The systems will cost anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000 per school.

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Unwashed Mass - 12/18/2013 1:05 PM
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Schools that decide to use the ShotSpotter system will pay $15,000 for installation, and $10,000 a year in subscription fees.... Lets build tornado shelters first.

Unwashed Mass - 12/14/2013 11:07 AM
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This is snake oil, preying off the fears of parents but offering no real safety... and the pricetag suggests a kickback.
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