ShotHawk Active Shooter Response

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ShotHawk is the 1st First Responder to an active shooter situation since the active shooter response system works before first responders arrive on scene to contain an active assailant. System activation can be done through the manual pulling of a handle like a traditional fire alarm. Following the activation of the system, the gun detection machine learning program works to identify an active assailant. After such assailant has been identified, the system moves to deploy pepper gel onto the active assailant. This pepper gel has a range of 20 feet and is effective at incapacitating most people. Additional less-lethals are planned to be added to the system in the near future.

The units that disperse the pepper gel are called responding units. Each responding unit is placed within a zone, that houses one or more responding units. ShotHawk will initially offer two variations of responding units, the SPOT and the Rail. The SPOT is meant for tighter more compact environments, such as entryways. To effective cover an entryway, approximately 4 SPOT units are required. 1 SPOT unit costs $9,000 and 4 SPOT units being operated off one computer will cast $15,000. The Rail is meant for larger environments, such as hallways, where the unit can move throughout the environment. One Rail unit costs $12,000 plus $7.00 per foot of track required. It is worth noting that the track can be bent to traverse slight corners or elevation changes and the unit is being propelled by a drive gear on the underside of the rail track.

To effectively shut down the system after activation, a shutdown ID can be scanned at one of the Shutdown and Activation Stations or a Safety Official close to the institution, such as a school resource officer can use their Shutdown Remote to shut down the system. For officers that may not be from typical responding department to the institution, there will also be several keypads where an Officer can receive a code from dispatch to shut down the system. The system will not be connected to the internet to help make it as secure as possible and there will be required maintain intervals of every 6 months and 2 years depending on the component of the responding unit.

In order to validate the concept, ShotHawk has surveyed over 125 people anonymously from across the nation and has conducted 25+ customer discovery interviews with security experts, school districts, police departments, and insurance agencies to understand what an effective deployment of this system would entail. Additionally, ShotHawk has competed in several pitch competitions and met with several investment groups, as the Company seeks fulfill its mission of making schools and public environments safe from mass shooting situations.



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  • Name:
    Brandon Johnson
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    Team members:
    • Brandon Johnson
    • Ohm Vyas
    • Nate Grove
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