The National Center for Biotechnology Information states, “The active shooter events usually do not last long; most are over within 19 minutes, either because law enforcement stops the shooter, the guns jam, or the person runs out of bullets. However, within 10 minutes, the shooter can do a lot of damage. Data show that multiple people can be shot within a few minutes, and at least two-thirds of active shooter incidents are over by the time law enforcement arrives.”
The top two concerns for shooter detection systems, or any panic button, to being practical are time and efficiency. First, the rate at which info reaches responders. Two-thirds of incidents ending before help arrives. Therefore, the speed of which responders receive information is critical. Second, the value and accuracy of the information provided. Most panic buttons allow you to call out for help at the click of a button. What happens after that? Many systems produce a considerable delay. They often relay incorrect or insufficient information. Moreover, they rely on conveying your message through numerous third parties before police arriving. There is a better solution now, direct relay to law enforcement.
The best active shooter detection and panic buttons relay all necessary information directly to law enforcement agencies or emergency responders. They do so in real-time, which cuts out the third-party and any unnecessary delays. When minutes count against saving lives, then every minute matters. Chimera Integrations panic button goes direct to 911 emergency communications, not a relay center. Their panic button relays automatically to 911 dispatch and dispatched vehicles. Emergency personnel receives real-time information as the eminent situation unfolds. Direct relay practices provide the best data for the fastest response time.
How is the panic information relayed? Most panic buttons generally communicate to a monitoring center. Once the active shooter situation occurs and the panic button is triggered, a notification goes to a monitoring center. Depending on how soon a representative answers, the phone provides the first delay in your service. Second, organizations have a priority list according to their specifications. At higher volume times, this priority list also causes further delays if you are not labeled a top priority. The center then contacts the police to relay your information. The police receive your industry’s vital information via a data packet. Moreover, the complete data packet may not get to the police. To reduce time, the third-party may drop some critical information.
The data packet provides key personnel with a zone description for the police to know where an alarm went off. Unfortunately, the condensed zone description usually doesn’t give details on reaching that location within the building. When discussing huge facilities such as hospitals, campus grounds, factories, large office buildings, and public schools, a simplified zone description doesn’t provide enough explanation. Law enforcement loses vital time trying to figure out what door to enter, or how to navigate its hallways.
Chimera Integrations shooter detection system sends panic button information direct to 911, police dispatch, and the police car without time lost through third-party involvement. How is the location of the requester pinpointed? The data package that Chimera Integrations provides includes a floor plan map of the facility and wherein that building the panic button had been pressed. When the police arrive, they already have the vital location information and critical infrastructure, not just a zone description or a general area. The knowledge of how to navigate through large establishments saves emergence personnel significant time. Chimera provides two-way communication with 911 communication channels and the police car, so a continued connection can relay pertinent information as the situation quickly continues to unfold. Police will know in real-time exactly what is going on. Two-way communication comes into play if the perpetrator is on the move, or the threat is escalating. Imagine a hospital with a stolen baby, when the alarm first sounded, the assailant was likely in the nursery ward. Within minutes they could make their way down to the ground floor or garage. Real-time information is critical in emergency management and rapid response.
Further, in-house or onsite security receives the alert notification. Two-way radios immediately are radioed of the situation. When alarms sound instant notifications either by radio or text messages, go to key personnel such as managers, security, and supervisors. From activation to first responders getting information, the Direct to 911 emergency response panic button system is instantaneous – 1 second. Versus the 5-10 minutes seen with a monitor center system that has a panic relay notification.
Chimera Integrations conducts walkthroughs with the police department to introduce security plans, company emergency response plan, and emergency preparedness protocols. After the walkthrough, police know the facility’s infrastructure, company exit plans, and other disaster protocols. Police can avoid customers or employees who are exiting that may hinder or cause chaos during the high-stress situation that is already underway.
Emergency notification system announcements through the customer’s PA system or public monitors can show a mass notification message giving the audience instructions for their safety, letting them know what to do or where to go. Messages display text on public monitors, ticker tape conveyor messages, or just a flashing blue light that will alert citizens of the situation. Most panic buttons are a silent alarm as not to alert the perpetrator. An actual signal can sound under other circumstances. Features can also integrate into your surveillance systems for video surveillance connectivity. Panic system alerts needing mass notification can notify all employees or residents via emergency notification software through text message to a cell phone number, or an app. Furthermore, Chimera Integrations can additionally install a lockdown feature if needed. For public safety and the safety of your employees, this feature will lockdown the entire building or a specified section of the facility whenever the button is triggered, whichever is needed.
A panic button, or multiple panic buttons, can be installed almost anywhere, integrating both hardware and software options. Options are phone system integration on a landline, a physical hardwired switch (as in, a button under the desk or in a corridor), laptop, computer screen, cell phone, mobile app, or any platform with an internet connection. Wearable technology devices, such as a watch or belt, are also available.
A 24-hour battery backup on hardware and backup panel communicates via cellular and network connections protect against failure and blackout. Hence, both have a backup if systems go down.
We are proud to say the price point for this system is comparable to other marketed solutions—a better system at a great price. Chimera Integrations offers many solutions for your business security needs. Get a free consultation today.