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'Most Innovative Defense Technology' 2008 Award Nominee

Wearable Gunshot Locator (Boomerang)

BBN

BBN developed the Boomerang acoustic gunshot detection system to provide warning over sniper threats. Today, over 1,000 Boomerang systems are operational worldwide with further procurement of 8,000 systems underway. The system was initially used on vehicular platform but soon was also used for the protection of fixed installations. Upon detecting a gunshot, Boomerang automatically provides immediate indication of hostile fire or a sniper attack, localizing the direction and assessing the range of the shooter's position, allowing rapid, informed and coordinated response. The system can be integrated with remotely controlled weapon station for rapid response. The latest development in the Boomerang family is the miniaturized wearable system, currently under development. BBN Technologies was recently awarded $3.5 million from the U.S. Army to develop the soldier wearable shooter detection system, in partnership with the U.S. Army Natik Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center.

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The wearable system will utilize sensors embedded in the shoulder caps. Also employed are a wearable processor, wrist mounted display and earpiece providing acoustic and directional warning. The personal Boomerang will support both 'stand-alone' and networked operating modes, providing individual soldiers with immediate awareness of hostile fire locations.The Boomerang warrior-wearable shooter detection system uses acoustic sensors embedded in the soldier's shoulder pads, earpiece providing audible warning announcement and wrist wearable display presenting the threat's relative direction, distance and elevation. Multiple sensors could be metworked to localize a sniper position and provide the unit leaders with the situational awareness needed to coordinate response to hostile fire.

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