Articles by Damaune Journey
The unfortunate reality in today’s world is that everyday places in our communities that were once thought of as safe – hospitals, schools, shopping malls and office buildings – are now places where people are at an increased risk for being injured by gun violence. Increase in gun violence Shocking incidents of active shootings have become all too common where we work, learn, relax and recuperate. In the wake of the Orlando Pulse shooting, it’s hard to forget that many tragedies have occurred, such as at schools (Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech), hospitals (Brigham and Women’s Hospital), in malls (New Jersey and Pennsylvania) and in offices (San Bernardino, California). In all types of facilities across the country, administrators and security professionals are having to step up their efforts to be better prepared and it has become critical to have a comprehensive security strategy and response plan in place that factors in active shooter events. Role of security professionals Active shooter research, including studies by the FBI, shows that active shooter incidents have jumped from 6.4 per year between 2000 and 2006, to 16.4 per year between 2007 and 2013. In addition, between the years of 2000-2013, 45% of active shooter incidents included commerce buildings with businesses with pedestrian traffic, businesses without pedestrian traffic, and malls. As these events have become more frequent, we have learned from the data that response time by first responders is a critical factor in saving lives. Further research shows that the average active shooter incident lasts 12 minutes and the first calls don’t come into 911 for a full 3-5 minutes. Fast action is required and having the information to know precisely where to respond and focus first responder resources is critical. This means shortening response time should be the primary aim in dealing with the active shooter threat, second only to prevention. Security professionals must be part of both of these areas, working in partnership with relevant administrators, local government, law enforcement, first responders and the community to help prevent and better respond to gun violence. In addition, active shooter events -- large or small -- are almost always sudden and unexpected, which places a huge burden on security personnel to manage these risks without creating a prison-like environment. Innovative technology platforms, such as acoustic gunshot detection can notify first responders and security personnel on-site about the nature and location of the incident Technology saves valuable response time Innovative technology platforms, such as acoustic gunshot detection, can offer tremendous benefits in mitigating active shooting incidents occurring in a public facility or commercial environment. Recent data shows that active shooter attacks often begin outside a building and then progress indoors. Thus, the first line of defence for security professionals lies outside a facility, in a zone of protection surrounding it or comprising the entire outdoor area of a larger facility of many buildings. A combination of both indoor and outdoor gunshot detection is optimal. An indoor/outdoor active shooter alarm system, functioning much like a fire alarm system, integrated into a comprehensive site-based—police-fire-medical response system and/or protocol, significantly increases the likelihood that active shooter threats will be identified quickly and certainly improves the chances that notification to first responders will occur far more quickly than would an event reported manually by persons on-site. As an integral component of such a system, gunshot detection technology can notify both public safety responders and security personnel on-site about the nature and location of the incident within a given facility within seconds. Internal actions can immediately be taken to ensure that designated on-site security staff can swiftly implement emergency protective measures. Advanced gunfire detection is critical "Most people simply do not have the practical, real-world experience with firearms discharges to make an immediate, experienced assessment of the threat" One of the most intractable problems in developing responses to active shooter scenarios is the inability for most people at any given facility to recognise the sound of gunfire when it first happens. Especially when surrounded by building walls which attenuate sound, most people simply do not have the practical, real-world experience with firearms discharges to make an immediate, experienced assessment of the threat. New gunshot detection technology utilises a network of both indoor and outdoor acoustic sensors to detect the precise location of gunfire in seconds, eliminating that ambiguity. In addition to verified gunfire alerts, a monitoring center can provide additional contextualised information that is invaluable to first responders. By understanding sound and reviewing incidents frequently, acoustic gunfire experts can often share such details as number of shots fired, number of shooters or if the shooter is using an automatic weapon − critically important information for first responders rushing into a scene. Given the acuity of the sensor and the speed of the reviewer, the sounds can be identified and provided to first responders as verified gunfire in a specific location within seconds. Smart planning and preparedness pay off Unfortunately, there is no way to accurately pinpoint when a troubled person might attack your facility and to know what weapon they would use. Fortunately, there are tools that can help mitigate and manage these risks. Coupling available cutting-edge technology and smart, well-prepared staff can save lives and this type of preparation is already working successfully across the country in many forward-thinking schools, malls, offices and malls. We can work together so that the people of our communities can continue with their everyday routines and enjoy going to the places that make their lives better each and every day.
SiteSecure provides law enforcement and transportation facility management with real-time information ShotSpotter, a provider of gunfire detection and location technology, announced it will showcase its ShotSpotter SiteSecure solution for airports and transportation hubs at the ISC West 2017 conference. SiteSecure provides critical indoor/outdoor infrastructure protection against active shooter attacks. In addition, the company will feature its SST SecureCampus solution, a gunfire detection system designed to provide both indoor and outdoor coverage at university and school campuses. ShotSpotter will be exhibiting at ISC West at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 5-7, 2017, in Booth #7131.Protecting airports and transportation hubsIdeal for airports and transportation hubs, SiteSecure is a unique gunfire detection system that quickly alerts Airport Security Operations Centre personnel and law enforcement first responders, enabling them to respond more quickly to an attack, with key information that can help save lives. In less than ten seconds, SiteSecure delivers critical information such as the number of shots fired, a detailed map of the airport or transportation facility, with the shooting location clearly identified. SiteSecure also provides law enforcement and transportation facility management with real-time information that can be useful to identify and address false alarms and reduce mass panic.“In addition to protecting travellers against a possible active shooter attack, airport and other transportation hub security professionals today are challenged to deal with false alarms that can spread misinformation quickly, leading to mass panic, injuries, and costly operation delays and closures,” said Damaune Journey, Vice President of Security Solutions for ShotSpotter. “Our SiteSecure solution is designed to help airport security validate an incident and deliver information quickly so that security personnel can help keep travellers safe in the event of an active shooter incident or a false alarm.” "Our SiteSecure solution is designed to help airport security validate an incident and deliver information quickly" Incident managementAt ISC West, ShotSpotter will also showcase its SST SecureCampus solution, designed for college campuses and K-12 schools. SST SecureCampus provides gunfire detection, precise location, and number of shooters to first responders and school personnel, enabling faster response to an incident. The solution can be implemented both inside campus buildings and across outdoor campus areas to help mitigate losses from unpredictable active shooter attacks. SST SecureCampus is already in use at many colleges from Florida to California.Journey added, “Our SST SecureCampus solution works much like a fire alarm in an active shooter situation by alerting security professionals and first responders more quickly. In these types of incidents, every second counts, and time saved equals lives saved.”
(Click Here for larger image) Access to real-time video and data related to gunshot incidents within Security Centre shortens emergency response time Genetec Inc. (“Genetec”), a provider of open architecture security and public safety solutions announces that it has integrated ShotSpotter gunshot detection technology from SST Inc., into its unified IP security platform, Security Centre. Thanks to this integration, police departments and security professionals will be able to receive more actionable information, gain rapid access and detailed location insights when a gunshot situation occurs. When 9-1-1 calls are made to report a gun shot, oftentimes the information provided is inaccurate, or insufficient. Without knowing exactly where to respond, police can waste valuable time and resources driving block by block looking for evidence as victims lack aid and criminals escape the scene. Wide-area acoustic surveillance ShotSpotter uses wide-area acoustic surveillance that automatically gets activated when gunfire occurs, providing comprehensive outdoor coverage on campuses and in complex urban geographies. ShotSpotter sensors and cloud-based analysis software triangulate and pinpoint the precise location of each round fired within seconds, the number of shots fired and provide an immediate gunfire alert with an audio clip. Detailed incident data is immediately sent to SST’s Incident Review Centre (IRC), a secure data processing and alert validation facility, where acoustics experts analyse the data and qualify the incident in real-time 24/7. Once validated, an alert is sent directly into Security Centre, all in under a minute. “Detecting, precisely locating, and alerting police within seconds to gunfire is key information used by law enforcement and security personnel to more effectively protect and serve communities. Integrating the real-time gunshot data with the video capabilities provided by Genetec is a game-changer that enhances the information police receive, ultimately helping them solve crimes, deter future crimes, and make communities safer; which is a goal we all share,” commented Damaune Journey, VP Security Solutions at SST, Inc., the global leader in gunfire detection and location technology. Quick data access Once the alarm is triggered within Security Centre upon gunshot detection, operators can quickly access video and other related data surrounding the location of a gunshot alert, and immediately visualize it on Security Centre maps, leveraging the dynamic visualisation capabilities of the Security Centre Plan Manager. Pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras are instantly aimed at the gunshot location, and bookmarks are automatically created on the Security Centre timeline. Operators can then follow active shooter events in real-time through the map interface and live video to make informed decisions. "We believe that this technology can greatly improve the safety of communities, and ultimately save lives" Security Centre is also able to display relevant metadata on the map, such as type of gunshot, number of rounds, address, district, etc., as well as give operators access to detailed reports of past alerts for statistics and data analysis purposes. Enhanced tactical intelligence As a result of this integration, law enforcement officers and security teams will also benefit from improved tactical intelligence. They will be able to get to the exact scene of the incident faster, stay safer and have the ability to engage the shooter, interview witnesses and collect key evidence. “This integration is beneficial for many of our customers who require maximal awareness during emergency situations. Their security operators can now react faster to gunshot incidents and get access to video and metadata surrounding the event. We believe that this technology can greatly improve the safety of communities, and ultimately save lives,” commented Bob Carter, Business Development Manager at Genetec Inc. This integration is expected to be available worldwide from Genetec Inc. and its partners by Q2 2017.