A Washington-based company says it has theÂ answer to every parent’s worst nightmare in the aftermath of the elementaryÂ school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.
It’s a metal detector, an X-ray machine, aÂ bullet-proof barricade and an armed guard all at once called the ‘LinearÂ Revolving Door’ by Barbecan Security Systems, LLC.
The newly-patented technology is designed toÂ stop gunmen in their tracks and literally eject them from a building without aÂ single person falling into harm’s way.
A computer-animated image shows how a revolving doorÂ security system functions by creating a detection chamber for guns and explosiveÂ devices
As schools across the nation searchÂ forÂ stronger security measures in the aftermath of the ConnecticutÂ shooting thatÂ killed 20 children and six adults, Barbecan is billing its new technology as theÂ safest way to seal a building from outsideÂ threats.
‘A guard at a building entrance won’t stop aÂ determined and well armed attacker – especially if they haveÂ suicidalÂ motivations,’ the company says in a statement announcing itsÂ first approvedÂ patent. ‘The LRD portal WILL NOT let an armed gunmanÂ enter a building.Â Â Period.’
The technology, meant to serve as aÂ building’s entrance, consists of a long hallway that contains two slidingÂ doors.
The doors open one at a timeÂ according toÂ the real-time pace and flow of pedestrian traffic, asÂ determined by sensors inÂ the floor.
‘The [doors] robotically follow their pace asÂ they walk,’ the company said. ‘If the pedestrian walks quickly, the portal doorÂ panels move quickly.Â If they walk slowly, the portalÂ operatesÂ slowly.’
Both doors are never open at the same time.Â Once a person has walked past the first door they enter aÂ detection chamberÂ where they are scanned for weapons and explosiveÂ devices. If no threat isÂ present, the flow of traffic is uninterrupted.
If a threat is identified, however,Â theÂ second door – made of bulletproof Kevlar and polycarbonate – remains closed andÂ then backs up toward the person and literally pushes themÂ out of theÂ building.
The idea for the technology was bornÂ out ofÂ the 2007 mass shooting at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia,Â in which aÂ single gunman, 23-year-old Seung-Hui Cho, shot and killed 32Â people and woundedÂ 17 others in two separate attacks.
‘Gun control is not the answer,’ theÂ Barbecan said.Â ‘The installed base of potent weapons is just tooÂ large.Â To prevent another mass shooting like Newtown, Columbine, orÂ Virginia Tech, a new solution is needed.’
Barbecan takes its name from aÂ fortifiedÂ gate that was used in medieval times on castles and walledÂ cities to protectÂ against enemies.
In addition to the revolving door technology,Â the company has a separate, similar device for scanningÂ baggage.
It advertises the technology for useÂ atÂ schools, airports, military bases, government buildings, shoppingÂ malls,Â hotels, movie theaters and other buildings that have highÂ pedestrianÂ traffic.
The company applied for patents inÂ the U.S.Â and U.K. in 2008 and its first patent for both the revolvingÂ door technologyÂ and the baggage scanner is being issued this month.
‘Incidents of suicide bombers andÂ gunmenÂ killing large numbers of innocent people are happening moreÂ frequently inÂ recent years,’ the company says. ‘We aim to mitigate thisÂ escalation.’