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PSI enters into a Licensing Agreement with Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) for Gunshot Digital Imaging System, US Patent Number 6,965,541.

RESTON, Va., Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Planning Systems, Inc. (PSI), a technology product company with the market-leading urban gunshot detection product -- SECURES(R), is expanding its product offering through a licensing agreement with Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). The agreement is for exclusive use in municipal markets of JHU/APL's Gunshot Digital Imaging System patent, US patent number 6,965,541, issued November 15, 2005. This patent covers the methodology for recording one or more images of a source area where an impulse sound (gunshots and explosions) is detected by a device separate from the camera.

The recording is performed by at least one of a plurality of units that include a camera, a computing device, and a connection to a network. The unit detects and calculates a range and direction of the impulse sound source; slews the camera to align its optical axis with a direction of the impulse sound; determines whether the impulse sound was a gunshot; records images of the source area; and alerts neighboring units to initiate recording of images. This patented technology is complementary to PSI's own patented and fielded SECURES(R) Gunshot Detection System which performs the sound detection and localization functions within 3 seconds of a gunshot.

Now with SECURES(R) and this patent, the PSI solution enables police response to gun related violence to be taken to the next level without increasing the force. Not only can cameras be slewed automatically to the location of the shooter, but additional logic embedded can be included to turn other cameras outside of the immediate field of view to other points of interest such as the nearest intersection, neighborhood point of ingress/egress, or local gathering spot. Other capabilities include automatic alert and display of respective video feeds in the operations center; and automatic storage of related video streams for analysis and forensic evidence.

George Orrison, PSI's Director of Marketing -- Security Technologies states, "PSI has already demonstrated success with such an integrated system utilizing SECURES(R) in East Orange, New Jersey. SECURES(R) and a video surveillance system have been integrated to provide an end-to-end gunshot detection and digital imaging system. There, the Director of Police, Jose Cordero, reports a drop in violent crime in the instrumented area to near zero, with a reduction of 85% in calls for service in the immediate adjacent area. This has been a significant deterrent in gun related violent crime activity in some of the most crime challenged areas in East Orange. With this end-to-end patented capability, SECURES(R) will become the Gunshot Detection and Digital Imaging System of choice."

PSI's President and CEO, Dr. Alan Friedman added, "PSI is committed to this enhancement in our technology offering. PSI plans to use it as a stepping stone to further advance our efforts in supporting Law Enforcement with meaningful tools."

About PSI

Planning Systems Incorporated (PSI) develops innovative technologies with real-world applications for network centric programs, homeland security and the commercial sector. Cutting-edge technology development areas include multi-level security networks, gunshot location, precision military airdrop, data mining, on-the-move landmine and IED detection, precision vibration control, and speech-capable PDAs. In August of 2005, PSI became a wholly owned subsidiary of Foster-Miller, Inc., a QinetiQ Company. With over a 30 year track record, 15 U.S. offices and extensive scientific, engineering, and information technology expertise, PSI adds significant value to mission-critical projects. PSI combines technology innovation and customer responsiveness with the discipline and depth to successfully lead key projects in government and industry. See http://www.plansys.com/ and http://www.secures-gds.com/.
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