Raytheon's gunshot detection system being deployed by utility companies

The Boomerang gunshot detection system by Raytheon, used by the U.S. military, is being deployed by utility companies to protect infrastructure.
By Richard Tomkins  |  June 17, 2014 at 2:12 PM
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 17 (UPI) -- A gunshot detection system developed by Raytheon BBN Technologies is to be deployed at utility sites in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States.

Boomerang is to be deployed through an exclusive sales and distribution agreement between the company and LJC Consulting Inc., which does business as Mil-Com Security Solutions.

Raytheon said an initial order has been received for 110 Boomerang systems and that it is working with utility companies elsewhere in the country for the system's deployment.

"Boomerang has been saving lives in combat operations since 2003," said Ed Campbell, president of Raytheon BBN Technologies. "Boomerang is a unique, proven capability that will now help protect our nation's critical power infrastructure against gunfire incidents."

Boomerang uses passive acoustic detection technology and computer-based signal processing. It pinpoints small arms fire and reports the location of the gunfire's location to authorities.

"The utility industry is selecting Raytheon's Boomerang system because of its reliability, low total cost of ownership, and ease of integration with other security systems," said Christian Connors, president of LJC Consulting.

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