Shooter Detection Systems Joins Forces With ZeroNow Alliance Against School Violence

SDS has the ZeroNow coalition of industry, association and education partners dedicated to combating school violence.

Shooter Detection Systems Joins Forces With ZeroNow Alliance Against School Violence

ROWLEY, Mass. – Gunshot detection solutions platform Shooter Detection Systems (SDS), an company and gunshot detection solutions provider, recently became an industry partner with ZeroNow, a coalition dedicated to combating school violence and ensuring a safe environment for students and staff.

The ZeroNow alliance, made up of industry, association, and education partners, works together to create and execute a path to “zero harm” in schools.

“SDS is passionate about bringing our expertise and capability to the critical mission of protecting our schools,” says SDS Chief Technology Officer Rich Onofrio in the announcement. “Students and school staff deserve the highest performing gunshot detection system available. The team at SDS is committed to making schools safer.”

The technology experts who founded SDS worked on one of the earliest and most successful gunshot detection systems used by the military since the early 1990s for sniper detection, according to a press release announcing SDS’ move.

What SDS Brings to ZeroNow

In 2014, SDS was formed to make gunshot detection technology commercially available. The company says SDS’ gunshot detection sensors automate the detection of gunfire as well as emergency notification to building occupants and law enforcement, with the goal to reduce the response time in the event of a gunfire incident.

“Our alliance is dedicated to creating the national baseline for safer schools,” says Ara Bagdasarian, CEO and co-founder of ZeroNow, in the announcement. “Access to experts in a wide range of safety technologies is essential to achieving this goal.

“Its decades of experience developing gunshot detection systems designed to work in tandem with other security technologies makes SDS an invaluable addition to ZeroNow,” he says.

SDS holds several patents on gunshot detection technology and their Indoor Gunshot Detection System is a two-time winner of Campus Safety’s Best Fire/Life Safety Product and a 2019 recipient of an Outstanding Security Performance Award (OSPA).

SDS’ gunshot detection system is also the only gunshot detection system to hold SAFETY Act Certification from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

ZeroNow was founded by technology partners Additional, Axis Communications, Axon, Johnson Controls, and Omnilert, along with campus safety nonprofit partners the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), NASPA (the Association of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education), Campus Safety magazine, and VTV Family Outreach Foundation.

The original version of this article appeared on SSI’s sister publication, Campus Safety.

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