Johnson Controls Active Shooter Solution Combines Gunshot Detection, Early Warning System

The Detect360 active shooter response system supports multiple integration options, including video feeds from existing CCTV and intrusion systems, mass notification systems and more.

Johnson Controls introduces the new Detect360 active shooter response (ASR) system. The system combines gunshot detection with industry-leading notification technology to provide an immediate warning when a gunshot is fired within a building, according to the company.

Johnson Controls says by providing early notification and precise location of the shooter, the ASR system gives occupants time to find safety and allows police and security personnel to mitigate the threat up to 60% faster.

“During active shooter incidents, witness communication with law enforcement is often confusing and erratic, leading to longer incident duration,” says Thomas Connell, senior manager, life safety, Johnson Controls. “With the ever-increasing threat of active shooter events, having a system that provides early and accurate gunshot detection combined with clear, precise communication is now a necessary part of a life safety strategy for any building.”

Detect360 ASR uses acoustic sensors with multiple microphones to detect the sound of gunfire. Advanced algorithms then analyze the acoustic signature to confirm the sound was produced by a gun.

Using information from the sensor closest to the gunshot, the system displays the location of the shooter on a map-based graphical user interface (GUI), which can also display audio and video of the incident.

Detect360 ASR provides building occupants with safety and evacuation instructions while automatically communicating with emergency services and mass notification systems.

The system also gives first responders information as it develops at the scene, including shot location, number of shots, location of the shooter in near real-time and the ability to remotely monitor the situation through integrated security systems. Additionally, it collects forensic information that can later be used by law enforcement.

The system supports multiple integration options, including video feeds from existing video surveillance and intrusion systems, mass notification systems, access control systems and panic button/manual initiation systems.

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