Active Shooter Training Could Be Changed Due To Advancements In Tech


By James Lint Senior Editor for InCyberDefense and Contributor, In Homeland Security

If first responders were able to arrive quicker, with greater certainty of the location of the incident, maybe we will move to a world where active shooter training becomes less important.

ISC-West Shows Security Professionals New Technology

The International Security Conference & Exposition West was hosted the second week of April in Las Vegas. With large conventions of security professionals, you will often learn of new devices in development.

Technology Inventors

Databuoy Corporation founder and CEO, Kathleen Griggs, rented The Strip Gun Club which claims fame for being the first and only shooting range on the Las Vegas Strip. She invited businesses leaders and veterans to see a demonstration of a unique technology that detects gunfire with a networked sensor system. The technology was developed after a decade of basic research efforts sponsored by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and is now being sold commercially as ShotPoint.

ShotPoint is an acoustic networked sensor system that implements a patented, multi-sensor fusion process that automatically resolve the shooter position with extreme accuracy while eliminating echoes and false signals even in the harshest environments. This gives it the capability to accurately determine the trajectory and caliber of rifle bullets. Instant reporting of rifle trajectory data would enable a more rapid response to incidents like the October 1 Las Vegas shooting and the July 7, 2016, ambush and slaying of five Dallas, Texas, police officers. Nine others were wounded in the same attack.

In one second, ShotPoint sends an alert with the shot time and location of the shooter to a list of subscribers and simultaneously links to video surveillance and security management and/or access control systems. ShotPoint’s user application shows the location of every shot on an intuitive map or embedded floor plan with annotated imagery and video clips of the shooter that can be viewed by mobile devices.

Active Shooter Fog

Active shooter is one of the most vexing problems for today’s first responders. Active shooter training is structured around a dire scenario wherein it takes on average over 12 minutes for responders to locate the shooter and hours to clear the building for EMS. The more catastrophic the events are typically associated with a larger fog of information. ShotPoint’s instant, precise location and image capture eliminates this confusion and enables responders to coordinate a tactical response from the first moments of the event and throughout a rapidly evolving situation.


ShotPoint works both indoors and outdoors. From its early roots as a DARPA tactical technology, ShotPoint includes the capability to accurately resolve the trajectories and calibers of rifle bullets that pass close to the network.

The DARPA Connection and Innovator

CEO Kathleen Griggs is a former Navy engineer and DARPA consultant who worked on DARPA Warfighter Visualization, Smart Modules and Distributed Robotics programs. She had an extensive career in defense research and technology program management prior to launching Databuoy.

Other viewers of the demonstration were Doug McGaughey, CPP, CI Special Agent (Ret), President, 29-TEN Security Consulting, and Nicholas Roop, General Manager of the Strip Gun Club, former Communications Interceptor/Locator 19th Special Forces Group in addition to multiple other companies and their representatives.


The Strip Gun Club range is operated by a majority veteran group of weapon handling experts. The weapon handler, Christopher Cordoba showed great skill during the demonstration which was learn from his days in Army infantry. General Manager Nicholas Roop was former Army Infantry and a Tactical Signal Intelligence leader. The club has a diverse international customer base and often is teaching weapon safety to people with a first-time experience of weapon use.

Education Happens

The demonstration was a success because attendees saw the capability and the simplicity of operation. Security professionals that are looking for ways to mitigate the risk of active shooters incidents now have a solution. The clarity of information in a crisis can allow the discrimination of critical data points which makes actionable intelligence.

Technology has made great strides in many areas. The first glimpse of this new technology shows an ability to create a higher level of safety and security in our future.

Education happens when professionals can assess and process new methods and technologies. All attendees could see changes in tactics, techniques, and procedures with the implementation of new technology.

“All we know is still infinitely less than all that remains unknown.” William Harvey, English physician (1578 – 1657)