Leading Edge Technology Provides Outdoor Gunfire Detection and Alerts; Improves Safety for Students and Faculty
NEWARK, Calif. – June 18, 2015 — SST, Inc., the leader in gunshot detection and location technology, and the Newark Memorial High School (NMHS), an urban San Francisco Bay Area public high school serving more than 2,000 students, today announced they are working together to equip NMHS with SST’s SecureCampus™ gunfire detection, location and alert solution. Newark Memorial High School is one of the first public high schools in the nation and the first school on the West Coast to deploy a gunfire detection, location and alert solution. The system was installed last month and is fully operational, with detection alerts to begin in the Fall.
Newark Memorial High School is a comprehensive high school in Newark, California, serving students in Newark, Fremont and Union City, from all ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. With a 44-acre campus and multiple school buildings, it is located near San Jose and San Francisco in the City of Newark, which is home to more than 40,000 residents.
SST SecureCampus is a technology solution designed for K-12 schools and college campuses that provides gunfire detection, precise location and number of shooters, to first responders and school personnel – enabling faster response to an incident and lockdown protocols to improve student/staff safety. The solution also provides protection both inside campus buildings and outdoors to help mitigate unpredictable active shooter attacks.
Additionally, SecureCampus delivers critical information such as number of shots fired, a detailed map of the campus and building floor plan (room number and floor) with the shooting location clearly identified, along with real time updates to 9-1-1, the responding officers' patrol cars and their cell phones.
Newark Unified School District is taking a comprehensive and preventative stance in ensuring safety for high school students and faculty,” said Ralph Clark, CEO of SST. “Analyses show that the average active-shooter incident lasts 12 minutes and the first calls don’t come into 9-1-1 for a full 3-5 minutes. SST SecureCampus technology provides an additional layer of security by immediately alerting the police and on-campus first responders with critical information to improve response time and help save lives.”
Technology Leadership In and Out of the Classroom
“We are committed to being part of the wave of the future for protecting kids in our schools and we see SST SecureCampus as the most advanced way to achieve this,” said Dr. David Marken, Superintendent of Newark School District. “We are proud to be one of the first high schools in the U.S. to implement this important technology and hope to be a strong example and share best practices with other schools and districts.”
“Our school has been ahead of the curve on teaching and incorporating technology into classroom learning. Now we can use technology to make our campus an even safer institution for our faculty, students and parents,” said Mr. Phil Morales, NMHS Principal. “With SST SecureCampus, we will provide another level of safety for our campus and the community. Although we hope we will never need to use it, like a fire alarm, it is critical to have the system in place to save lives if a situation arises.”
“Effective crime prevention requires strong partnerships with the community and the schools,” said Newark Police Commander, Michael Carroll. “Our department is fully behind the use of innovative technology that can help make it safer for students and the community at large. The steps NMHS is taking with SecureCampus will help our officers, and other first responders, be prepared for immediate action with valuable information that can save lives.”
About SST, Inc.
SST, Inc. is the global leader in gunfire detection and location technology providing the most trusted, scalable and reliable gunfire alert and analysis solutions available today. SST is the maker of ShotSpotter Flex℠, the leading gunfire alert and analysis solution for detecting gunshots and providing critical intelligence to give law enforcement agencies the detailed real-time data needed to investigate, analyze and prosecute gun related crimes. SST is also the maker of ShotSpotter SiteSecure, an outdoor gunfire detection, location, and alerting solution for critical infrastructure protection, including government and commercial buildings, hospitals and shopping malls. The company’s deep domain experience, along with cumulative agency best practice experience, enables measurable outcomes that contribute to reducing gun violence. SST is a proven solution provider with more than 90 installations across the United States and the world. Privately held, the company holds numerous patents resulting from nearly two decades of innovation in the area of acoustic gunshot location technology. Details can be found at www.ShotSpotter.com/ or visit https://www.soundthinking.com/secure-campus. Details about our US and foreign patents can be found at www.ShotSpotter.com/patents.
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