Charleston International Airport adds new security measure

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The latest security measure put in place at Charleston International Airport is the Guardian Indoor Active Shooter Detection and Reporting System. 

“We hope we never have to use this system, but it’ll focus our police force to be right where they need to be. They’ll know what the perp looks like, so they can respond in a minute or so,” said Paul Campbell, CEO of the Charleston County Aviation Authority. 

It seems that mass shootings happen everywhere. In January of 2017, five people were killed and dozens injured when a gunman opened fire in a Florida airport. That’s something those at Charleston International hope to prevent.  

“We can take care of business and we can save lives. That’s what this is all about, it’s protecting the safety of everybody that works here, the passengers here, everybody that uses this airport. We want to keep everybody safe,” Campbell said. 

Charleston International is the first airport to use this system in a public terminal.

“We have somewhere between 15 and 20 thousand people a day at the airport. We want to make sure we’re here to protect them and give them all the backup they need,” Campbell said. 

The airport chose the Guardian system because of it’s proven reliability, performance, and capabilities.

Its really a great system. Its good tech. It’s going to tell us exactly where the incident occurred, it’s going to tell us what the person that instigated the incident looks like, so we can respond to it and we have a lot of information,” Campbell said. 

“Shot detection system technology listens or gunshots or detects active shooter situations. Primarily we put it in place so it gives us the best advantage and the best response time we can possibly get,” said Ira Campbell, Director of IT and Security at CHS Airport. 

There’s no waiting on human communication, which can add response time. 

“We’re alerted immediately when the incident happens, we don’t have to wait on a relay of calls or a relay of the dispatcher to respond or any other people to report it. As soon as it happens, we know,” Campbell said. 

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