Acoustic Gunshot Detection Technology

Organization: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Year: 2017

 Active-shooter detection systems are generally designed for outdoor, urban environments. But now, researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have created a gunshot detector designed specifically for indoor environments such as schools and public buildings. The small, inexpensive device is battery-powered and can connect wirelessly to existing security systems. It can distinguish between gunshots and other sounds. Security USA Services has licensed the PNNL technology. SUS’ version of the sensor is integrated into its security products. Once a shot is fired, their system activates lockdown procedures and notifies police. The company expects to deliver commercial products in 2017.