Shooter Detection Systems awarded two new patents

Rowley, Ma

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted two additional patents to the Shooter Detection System's portfolio of indoor gunshot detection technologies, Patent No. US 11,604,248 (Low Power Gunshot Sensor Testing) and Patent No. US 11,688,414 (Low Power Gunshot Detection).

SDS's engineering team has long acknowledged the importance of improving energy efficiency in life-saving technologies. By utilising stored energy more efficiently, sensors can consistently deliver exceptional reliability and reduced maintenance costs, creating better value for customers. The team has developed a groundbreaking approach to leverage SDS's expertise in infrared detection technologies to significantly reduce battery usage in future indoor gunshot detection sensors. The ‘248 patent, which is SDS’s eighth patent, pertains to a novel testing mechanism supporting the sensor’s practical testing utilising the low-power approach, while SDS’s ninth patent, the ‘414 patent, introduces methods and technologies for reducing sensor power consumption.

“SDS has always strived to design and engineer products that exceed expectations,” said Managing Director Rich Onofrio, who is a lead Engineering contributor and a co-author of these and all other SDS patents. "Our progress in power management illustrates to our customers and the industry that SDS products are engineered to deliver value."

Patent US 11,688,414 is the first SDS patent co-authored by Principal Hardware Designer Frank Bachmann, a Northeastern University graduate who started his career with SDS in 2018. "I am honoured to be acknowledged by both the USPTO and my colleagues," said Bachmann. "Patents entail years of research, testing, and collaboration before submission, and the SDS engineering team is constantly exploring new ideas."

Technical innovations like these are one of the reasons why government organisations, such as the Department of Homeland Security, choose to collaborate with SDS to develop prototypes for new gunshot detection solutions.


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