2003 – 2005
2005 – 2011
2013 – Today

Our technology saves lives. And we’ve been here since the beginning.

In 1995 a research arm of the DoD called the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) sponsored the development of prototype systems that paired acoustic muzzle blast and ballistic shock wave signatures to accurately predict the location of gunfire events and associated shooter locations. It wasn’t until the Iraq War in 2003 that the need for these systems became critical to detect sniper fire aimed at U.S. troops in battle.


2003 – 2005

A team of leading acoustic scientists out of Cambridge, Massachusetts took their successful DARPA innovation and rapidly developed a vehicle gunshot detection system that could not only localize a shooter to +/- 15-degree accuracy, but that could report within one second of a shot, and did so on vehicles traveling up to 60 miles per hour on rough terrain and in harsh environments. The Boomerang Shooter Detection System was rapidly fielded for military use.


2005 – 2011

Boomerang has been battle-tested in the deserts of the Middle East and is protecting our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning the respect of the Department of Defense, DHS and those dedicated to the ensuring the safety of vital American interests and personnel abroad.

Boomerang’s core technology was further developed into soldier/officer worn, helicopter, and fixed perimeter defense gunshot detection solutions and is credited with saving over 250 lives on the battlefield in key conflicts across the globe.


2013 – Today

SDS was founded with a singular focus: Commercialize this lifesaving military technology to protect the public against the rising active shooter threat to our nation’s critical infrastructure, schools, workplaces and public venues.

Today, Shooter Detection Systems is the industry’s leading provider of gunshot detection solutions with over 15,000 systems in the field. Our indoor and outdoor systems are trusted by the Department of Defense, U.S. and UK government agencies, Fortune 1000 companies, air & sea ports, utilities, K-12 schools, universities and global security experts.

When every second means that lives are on the line, place your trust in proven technology offered by experts in their field. Choose the only company with a history of livesaving gunshot detection innovation.

This is Shooter Detection Systems.


Christian Connors

Chief Executive Officer

“The most rewarding part of my career in the Department of Defense technology market was knowing that Boomerang saved over 250 of our troops lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. After Sandy Hook it became my mission to make this technology available and affordable for the commercial market. Today, with the industry partnerships we’ve forged, SDS is a force-multiplier to bring lifesaving solutions to customers across the globe .”

Stacie Hamner

Vice President, Contracts Division

“My 25-plus years as a contract specialist and my experience with the core technology that forms the basis of our system gives me a unique perspective on managing large-scale security contracts across various industries. Negotiating contracts with customers, vendors and suppliers is about our mutual success and I enjoy the process because it ultimately creates long term partnerships built on trust.”

Rich Onofrio

Lead Design Engineer

“Having worked on the development of gunshot detection devices for vehicles, helicopters, and soldier worn at BBN Technologies, designing an indoor system for the commercial market has been an exciting undertaking. At SDS we expect the highest level of performance from our products, our team, and our industry partners. I enjoy working closely with our customers to help them design solutions that make a difference.”

Ron Fowler

Chief Technology Officer

“I’m proud to be able to bring my experience in the sensing, messaging and audio technology fields as well as the development of military gunshot detection devices to this incredibly dedicated team.  As a father and youth advisor, keeping our community’s young people safe when they are most vulnerable is a personal passion of mine, and a driving force behind my pursuit of SDS’s mission.”

Kevin Lech

Chief Financial Officer
Vice President of Operations

“I’m happy to be part of a team that brings such a high level of knowledge and experience in the field of gunshot detection to this industry.  I enjoy doing my part to bring our customers sound budgetary solutions and staying with them through the installation process to keep their projects on target. It’s very satisfying to provide solutions that fit what our customers tell us is the missing piece to address the active shooter threat.”


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