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Gun-Shot Detection Pioneer and Facial Recognition Leader Team Up to ID Shooters

Two companies have joined forces to offer a unique gunshot detection system that can zero-in on the face of the shooter-- a big breakthrough for law enforcement

Washington, DC, January 14, 2012 --( Safety Dynamics, Inc. of Tucson, AZ and FaceFirst® (Airborne Biometrics Group, Inc.) of Camarillo, CA announced they have entered into an exclusive teaming agreement that allows them to provide law enforcement agencies the world’s first gun-shot detection system able to instantly identify the shooter.

The companies’ combined system pairs Safety Dynamics’ highly-accurate (fixed or mobile) gun-shot detection technology with FaceFirst®’s top-speed facial biometric processor to provide law enforcement agencies and private physical security firms pin-point location and shooter identity information in real-time. SDB Partners, LLC, a Washington, DC-based security and technology consulting firm, facilitated the landmark agreement.

Technologies for gun-shot detection and facial recognition have evolved in recent years, and today many companies compete for various homeland security government contracts. With the Safety Dynamics-FaceFirst® agreement, two of the top industry leaders will combine capabilities for selected customers in a singular best-in-class solution.

How it works:
Gun-shot detection is performed from ballistic signal sensors positioned within a fixed or mobile protected area. When a gun-shot event is detected, Safety Dynamics’ high-speed gunshot detection system passes the azimuth and elevation of the location of the gunshot in less than one second to the camera to point a high-resolution camera to zoom in on the location from which the ballistic signal originated.

When the shooter’s face is captured by the gun-shot detection camera, FaceFirst® then either processes the identity of the shooter against customer “watch lists,” or creates a new facial record of the shooter. In cases where the shooter’s face is known previously to law enforcement, apprehension of the suspect can be accelerated. In the event that a shooter is “new” to law enforcement at the time of the incident, the image may be used to query cooperating biometric databases following the event.

About Safety Dynamics, Inc.:
Safety Dynamics, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of smart acoustical sensor-based products and solutions for threat recognition and localization. Focusing on urban crime prevention, Safety Dynamics developed the Sensor-Enabled Neural Threat Recognition and Identification (SENTRI™) system, a revolutionary platform that detects gunshots and is capable of instantly and accurately directing a video camera to a GPS location. Along with a comprehensive suite of perimeter security, facial, license plate and other technologies, Safety Dynamics is pioneering the paradigm shift toward biologically-based pattern recognition technologies for Military, Homeland Security and Public Safety applications. For more information about Safety Dynamics, Inc. please visit

About FaceFirst®:
FaceFirst® provides a fully automated, user friendly, turnkey mobile and live-video surveillance facial recognition system which generates automated alerts whenever a face match above a user defined probability achieved. FaceFirst has a completely open, and scalable system architecture. FaceFirst® technology excels in low resolution environments enabling real-world performance. For more information about FaceFirst® please visit

Airborne Biometrics Group, Inc. was established to provide an additional layer of personnel identification to the security industry through the application of real-time Face Recognition in uncontrolled surveillance environments. Airborne Biometrics Group developed the FaceFirst® biometric platform which enables customers to automatically capture and compare facial images in a non-invasive manner.

About SDB Partners:
SDB Partners, LLC serves the growth needs of best-in-class defense and security technology companies worldwide. By providing strategic advice, Washington DC representation, business development, sales support, and public affairs functions, SDB Partners’ small and medium-size clients achieve business results normally reserved for large, publicly-traded government contracting enterprises. For more information about SDB Partners, please visit

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