Last June, we told you about Go-To-Green, a Dallas startup that aims to help people get to safety in an active shooter situation, while also ensuring law enforcement can isolate the threat. Starting last week, a school district north of Dallas-Fort Worth became the first district in the U.S. to put the technology to use.
Pilot Point ISD launched the tech inside all its campuses, NBC DFW reported,
The company’s acoustic sensors “listen” for gunshots. Its patented directional system uses color-coded overhead lighting to get people away from an active shooter in both indoor and outdoor settings.
Go-To-Green flashing green light system directs people to safety. [Photo: Go-To-Green]
“We’re a pathway to safety,” Ernie Williams, Go-To-Green’s founder and CEO, told Dallas Innovates last summer. Within a millisecond of a shot being fired, “we open up several pathways to get away,” he said.
Detecting both the sound of shots fired and the pressure change a bullet makes, Go-To-Green’s audio-visual system kicks in when a situation starts. Once gunfire is detected, lights on devices placed throughout an area light up to direct people to the safest exit, while tracking in real-time where the source of shots is coming from.
The system can also be used for other emergencies, like fires or severe weather.
Go-To-Green operations center. [Photo: Go-To-Green]
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Go-To-Green's patented audio-visual system can detect both the sound of a fired gunshot and the pressure change made by a bullet in the air. The system lights up to direct people to the safest exit—and tracks the source of shots. In North Texas, the system is currently being installed in Anna's city hall, and talks are underway with three school systems and a grocery chain, the startup's CEO told us.
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