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Nov 16, 2015 7:00 AM ET

Archived: ‘Was that a gunshot?’ E.R.A.S.E.: Protect Children From School Shootings

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 16, 2015

ERASE: Protect Children From School Shootings


WATCH VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/145443950


Help school children survive a school shooting with Guardian technology in 50 schools in 50 states.

It takes emergency response teams 18 minutes to arrive at the scene of an active shooting event. Yet active shooting events only last 12.5 minutes on average.

“Early Response to Active Shooter Events” (E.R.A.S.E.) aims to raise contributions to fund the installation of lifesaving Guardian technology in the main entrances of 50 schools, one in each of the 50 states. Guardian effectively “erases” emergency response times down from 18 minutes to 2.

Watch our video above, read on below about this amazing technology and contribute what you can towards our $1,000,000 goal.


Photo: Actual drill in Methuen, MA, with an installed Guardian system. Special Response Team arrives at the scene in nearly 2 minutes.

The 18:00 response delay is no one’s fault. It’s due to lack of information, the inherent chaos of an active shooting event, the inability for someone at the scene to call 911, human uncertainty as to what they just heard, and many other factors.

Guardian technology reduces the emergency response time from 18 minutes to just a few. That saves lives. But it’s not just the emergency response teams that get notified. It notifies the school’s leadership, administration, and teachers immediately so they know a shot was fired and exactly where it was fired within the school.

Many schools currently utilize active shooter training programs that teach “Run, Hide, Fight.” Guardian’s immediate and accurate information initiates these procedures with teachers and school officials much more quickly, saving lives.

How Guardian technology works.

Guardian technology “hears” and “sees” gunshots using sound and infrared technology and notifies law enforcement and school officials immediately and automatically using the Internet. It provides not only a notification, but a graphic of the school’s layout with the shooter’s location pinpointed.Response time is reduced from 18 minutes to just a few.

"Was that a gunshot?"  The Guardian sensor must see and hear both the IR and acoustic waves to declare a shot alert. To date there has not been a false alarm. 

Guardian Indoor Gunshot Detection system incorporates the world’s finest acoustic gunshot detection software and combines it with infrared gunfire flash detector to produce the most capable indoor gunshot detection system available today. The system’s dual modality provides the highest rate of detection while bringing the number of potential false alerts to zero.

And this is not just a “drawing board” idea or a prototype. We know Guardian works and this campaign will get the technology for these 50 schools at cost.

“Was that a gunshot?”

Guardian removes the human element in judging whether or not a shot was fired. The sensors must see and hear both the IR and acoustic waves to declare a shot alert. To date there has not been a false alarm.


Guardian knows instantly that it was, indeed, a gunshot, which sets the communication in motion to emergency responders and school staff. It’s all about “erasing” time.

Over $45 million dollars of research and development has been invested by the US Government and a defense contractor to mature this capability. The technology has saved the lives of countless military men and women overseas.

We have repurposed that military grade technology specifically for a school environment. The Guardian devices are barely visible to teachers and children walking by them in the halls – no more visible than a fire alarm.

Many corporations and public venues have installed the system but only a handful of schools due to budgetary issues. It just takes too long to get this lifesaving technology installed in schools.

That’s why we’re doing this crowdfunding campaign. Contribute to this campaign and you will help us erase precious response time and save lives.

Your contributions to the “Early Response to Active Shooter Events” campaign, no matter where you are from, will go towards the installation of Guardian Active Shooter Detection Systems in those 50 schools.

If yours is the school district that raises the most funds per pupil in your state (and your state raises more than $20,000 total), then your district will be awarded the prized technology. After that, it will be up to your superintendent to decide which school will get Guardian installed.

If we are successful, one school in every state will be protected with Guardian technology.

Click here for “Find Your District” page.

Though our campaign goal at the top-right of this page says “$20,000” our ambitions are far greater. Indiegogo’s rules require that a campaign exceed its stated goal in order to receive the money it raises. So that $20,000 will only cover one school. If that’s all we get, we will still be happy to at least protect one school.

$20,000 = 1 school

$1,000,000 = 50 schools

But the maker of Guardian is offering its lifesaving technology at cost (no profit to them) to up to 50 schools if we can raise the money through this campaign. Our real goal, then, is $1,000,000.

It’s ambitious, but we can do it with your help.

Chris Connors is the CEO of Shooter Detection Systems. Greg Bokor is an artist.
But Chris and Greg were introduced by a mutual friend, one who knew they had something in common: the belief that active shooting incidents in schools was the issue of our time. The result of that meeting is the “Early Response To Active Shooter Events” (E.R.A.S.E.) crowdfunding campaign.

Chris has agreed to offer up the 50 Guardian systems at cost, meaning zero profit to the company. Mr. Bokor has agreed to recreate his incredibly moving “ERASE” art installation at a gala event following the crowdfunding campaign that many of our contributors will be able to attend via Indiegogo’s crowdfunding “perks.”

ERASE was a participatory memorial art installation launched in September, 2013 at the ArtPrize festival in Grand Rapids, MI. It started with the hand-drawing of a 20ft long AR-15 rifle and ended with exhibit participants erasing pieces of the rifle. Each eraser was hand-stamped with the name and age of a victim from the Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora and Newtown massacres. The recreation of this art installation will provide our crowdfunding campaign with a very powerful and quite relevant emotional experience. Tickets to the event will be available as one of our “perks” on Indiegogo.Time-lapse video of ERASE:

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Greg Bokor or Chris Connors, CEO of Shooter Detection Systems

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