An Israeli start-up is pushing panic buttons for mass shootings and violence.
The Gabriel crisis alarm system, designed with communal spaces like schools and places of worship in mind, is equipped with sensors that automatically send an alert to authorities when they’re activated. It’s also outfitted with a camera and microphone so it can share critical, real-time information from the scene.
Championed by an advisory board that includes former Israel Police Chief Yohanan Danino and Ryan Petty, the father of a 14-year-old Parkland school shooting victim, the Gabriel platform joins a series of security enhancements aimed at curbing the carnage in public facilities and buildings all over the world.
From armored school doors and metal detectors to facial recognition software and clear book bags, schools in the United States are shelling out millions of dollars to protect students following a string of high-profile mass shootings in recent years.
After a student gunman killed 17 students and teachers inside the halls of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day last year, some panicked school districts even floated the idea of arming their staff and students with rocks and baseball bats.
The market for security equipment and services in the education sector reached $2.7 billion in 2017 even though there’s minimal evidence suggesting such measures have any preventative impact, according to IHS Markit. Despite the boost in security, the number of mass shootings at U.S. schools have remained the same for the last couple decades.
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