Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Military Tactics to Fight US Shootings

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Military Tactics to Fight US Shootings

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Gunshot-detection technology is tested by Massachusetts school

In the US, a country forced to deal with shootings on school grounds on a near-monthly basis, advances in keeping students safe are hugely important. The latest, a gunshot-detection system first used by the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan, is now being piloted in a Massachusetts school.

The technology, called Guardian, can capture the sound and identify the location of a gunshot, and has infrared sensors that recognise the flash when a gun is fired.

If a weapon is used, the system automatically alerts the emergency services. Guardian can also be connected to a school's security system, triggering the building's lockdown mode and sounding an alarm.

The move follows the massacre of 26 pupils and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Connecticut, in December 2012, and the news earlier this year that two school shootings had taken place in the US every month in the 14 months since the Sandy Hook tragedy.

According to Shooter Detection Systems, the company behind Guardian, the sensors were originally used by the US military to locate enemy fire. …

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