Emergency Automatic Structure Lockdown System (EASL)
Reduce extent and consequences of violence in schools and other civilian buildings
What is EASL?
The purpose of the Emergency Automatic Structure Lockdown System, or EASL, is to provide an automated capability for any school or any other civilian building to detect live gun fire, and based on predetermined protocols, immediately lockdown doors thus delaying the adversary while automatically notifying Local Law Enforcement Agencies (LLEA) of an active shooter situation with real-time imagery assessment.
All data can be delivered to each responder, vehicles, smart phone, school resource officers, data fusion centers, and other designated entities. Zones and alarm contacts can be initiated by various inputs such as panic buttons located in a secure area(s) or automatically triggered by gunshot detection sensors. The system collects and integrates data from multiple sensors and then automatically transmits it to local law enforcement and all relevant monitoring locations. Situational awareness is provided both passively and actively through push notifications.
- Nearly 400 school shootings in the last decade.
- Average duration of incidence - 10 minutes
- Average police response time - 12 minutes
- Most violence occurs before police arrive
How Does EASL Keep Our Schools Safe?
The EASL system is designed to reduce response time while slowing the entrance and progress of an intruder. Not only should responders receive quicker notification so that they can intervene earlier, the system also seeks to give responders more information about who is involved and what is happening before they arrive.
EASL can be initiated by panic buttons located in designated secure areas within and around a school, or by shot detection sensors. The system collects and integrates data from multiple sensors and then transmits them to LLEA and all other relevant monitoring locations, such as school resource officers, municipal authorities, and data fusion, all in near real-time. EASL consists of three main components that allow it to provide the best in school safety:
- School Security. Building doors are automatically locked in response to adversary intrusion, using door-closing, door-locking, sound, or light based devices (or other alerts as the situation may warrant). The goal is to isolate the perpetrator while allowing the building occupants to safely evacuate.
- Police Notification. Law enforcement is immediately notified of an active shooter situation, greatly reducing response time. The notification is transmitted to dedicated terminals at police stations, as well as responder's smart phones, including via SMS/email.
- Situational Awareness. Real-time video feeds from the EASL systems are transmitted, providing valuable information regarding the number of intruders, weapons used, and adversary location, allowing for optimal targeted response action.
- A critical differentiator of the system is its ability to actuate door-closing and door-locking devices, turning on sound- or light-based annunciations and other programmable outputs.
- Another system differentiator is its integration of data into a single pool with the same data recipient interface for ALL relevant event data, including imagery, so that correct and informed response decisions can be made in the shortest possible timeframe.
- EASL's Shot Detection Sensor allows it to detect shots fired indoors.
- The system’s ability to integrate additional sensors for expanded capability and its scalability allow for a sustainable addition to any security system.
- The system is able to passively record and continuously monitors its own state of health. The EASL system has a low profile and has backup power and communication protocols.
The system is built upon a powerful 1GHz ARM Cortex A-8 Processor. The CPU is paired with a custom backplane board that allows control of door locks, alarms, auto dialers and any number of input or output devices. Monitoring zones can be fully customized and offer end-of-line resistor protection.
The EASL system includes wireless control of all peripherals, general purpose expansion slots, RS-232 connections, and various power connections to allow future addition of sensors or alarm modules.
A separate video processor expansion slot allows for integration of high resolution video processing card with motion detection, compression, and face recognition. The system is paired with video management software that allows for additional customization and feature control.
The EASL System is organized around zones/nodes. The key features are as follows:
- TI ARM Cortex A8 CPU
- 512 MB DDR3
- 10/100 Ethernet
- MicroSD Card on-board storage
- Integrated battery backup (UPS)
- Four (4) either remotely placed or on-board video cameras (in most cases can integrate legacy video cameras)
- Seven (7) alarm input zones
- Eight (8) programmable alarm
- Panic button Input
- Enclosure tamper detection
- Various expansion slots for future sensors/peripheral devices
Building doors are automatically locked in response to adversary intrusion, using door-closing, door-locking, sound, or light based devices (or other alerts as the situation may warrant). The goal is to isolate the perpetrator while allowing the building occupants to safely evacuate.
- Site survey and system design
- Installation and setup
- Technical support
- Application support
- Hardware Support
- Access to building wiring infrastructure
- 10/100 Wired Internet connection for EASL system or independent data transmission channel
- 120VAC power access
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