New active shooter system locks down school, calls police

AUSTIN (KXAN) — In an active-shooter situation at a school, experts say several things need to happen all at once. School leaders lock down the facility, someone calls 911 and sends out a message alerting everyone in the school.

An Austin security company recently developed an all-around system to perform those tasks. After the deadly school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, the company is releasing the technology to schools. 

“Once a gunshot is fired, people are in denial,” said Bradley Spitzer, president of Ninex, the security company that developed the program. “They’re not sure what they heard.”

But, Spitzer’s system knows what a gunshot sounds like and immediately activates.

“It locks down the facility and notifies law enforcement,” Spitzer said. “Our technology takes it one step further where we’re able to detect where that gunshot occurred in the building.”

Through the system, police can get real-time camera video of where a shooter or victims may be on a school’s campus. Spitzer said his company developed the technology about seven months ago by taking the best features from other high-tech security programs.

He only offered it to law enforcement agencies and businesses at first.

“I decided that as a company, we’re going to offer this technology to schools,” Spitzer said hours after the Santa Fe shooting. “You can’t prevent the incident from occurring, but what you can do is minimize the damage.”    

Spitzer said perhaps one of the most important features on the system is programming it to do active shooter drills.

“Our kids today understand that this is the world we live in,” he said. “And, we should be teaching them what to do. They shouldn’t be learning this as they go along.”

The system can be personalized to any school, business or church, said Spitzer. So, prices can range between $3,000 to a little less than $50,000. He said his company would offer a discount to schools looking to purchase the 360 technology.

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