In recent years, active shooter incidents have become more frequent and widespread. Just look at some of the incidents over the last 15 years – Columbine, Newtown, Virginia Tech, the Aurora movie theater shooting, the Naval Ship Yard shooting.
While nothing can fully stop people intent on doing harm, the latest technologies can certainly help with immediate awareness and response. Take PSIM (Physical Security Information Management) for example. By integrating and correlating various sensors (e.g. gunshot detection, access control, video, etc.), and automating processes,PSIM can provide better awareness of what’s happening, where, and how to respond.
There are four ways that PSIM can aid authorities in active shooter situations:
Preparedness: authorities can use PSIM to simulate an event by running through response plans in a safe, controlled way. This can be done at a simple walk-through level all the way up to more complex scenario staging. You simply load the response plan into the PSIM solution, run the drill, and let the PSIM solution track what happened. The result is a step-by-step audit trail with links to recorded audio communications and video. Authorities can use this capability to refine and perfect their processes so they’re better prepared when active shooter situations happen.
Situational awareness: In active shooter situations, situational awareness and response times are critical to saving lives. PSIM’s sensor correlation and visualization gives authorities better awareness of what’s happening, where. For example, a gunshot detection sensor integrated into PSIM could automatically trigger video from near-by cameras to pop up on an operator’s map-based PSIM display, instructing the operator to dispatch the closest units based on their GIS locations.
Streamlined response and collaboration: Automated response plans embedded in the PSIM system instantly kick into action, initiating a mass notification alert. In a campus environment, buildings could automatically be locked down. Instant lines of communication could be opened up with local law enforcement and other authorities. All of this would be done without having to manually dial numbers, or toggle from system to system. The operator would also be guided through an on-screen step-by-step response plan, eliminating the need to search through manuals or recall procedures from memory in a high pressure situation. PSIM also offers improved coordination/collaboration by enabling command centers to share task lists and video feeds, and synchronize response processes with field responders.
Thorough investigations: The PSIM solution captures incidents in minute detail, from the initial alert through each documented action, with links to video, voice recordings and other information.
To see this in action,take a look at this demo .