September 10, 2019 3 min read

Press Release            September 10, 2019

Contact: Dominique Franklin


-- Shield Hides Discreetly in Plain Sight: Provides Immediate Protection at First Encounter --

Hermosa Beach, Calif. (Sept. 10, 2019) – Armor At Hand™, manufacturer of the lightweight ballistic Smart Shield™, will be showcasing its IoT connected shields at the 2019 Global Security Exchange (GSX) beginning on Sept. 8 in Chicago at McCormick Place Convention Center, Booth 181. In addition to demonstrating the shield’s ability to withstand the impact of multiple 7.62mm high-powered rifle bullets, Armor At Hand will also be announcing its partnerships with Esri and The School Superintendents Association (AASA) along with presenting at the New Innovative Product Competition Wed 11th at 1 p.m. Stage X.

For Schools (Kindergarten – College): Offering instant protection in emergency situations, Armor At Hand Smart Shield provides a physical barrier and are designed to be discreet and easy to manage. Designed for schools, workplaces and other facilities, the Smart Shield is independently tested to the equivalent National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Level III of protection. The shields allow protection from common pistols and high-powered rifles while also blending into the surrounding area.

Critical Technology: Using IoT technology, the shield comes with internet-connected electronics attached to the shield and its own mobile app. When the shield’s IoT technology detects movement of the shield, it will immediately alert other nearby shields, administrators, or authorities while also calculating a danger area and directing the user to safe zones through a guided path to safety. Adding further value, the shields are made with advanced materials all having a 20-plus year lifespan and the IoT is easily upgradeable.

GSX is the largest security show in the world, bringing together security professionals from all vertical markets to network, learn and re-invest in the industry. Attendees can learn more about the Armor At Hand Smart Shield and witness a demonstration of its capabilities from Chad Ahrens, Founder and CEO at Armor At Hand.

“We are honored to be a part of GSX and to bring our revolutionary new product to market. We want to showcase to the world that our product provides a significant physical barrier and layer of protection, as well as being packed with modern technologies that allow an immediate connection to authorities and guides those affected to safety,” said Ahrens. “Every second is so important -- we hope that by showing our new product to the world at GSX, exchange attendees and security professionals will also see how this product can help save lives.”

In addition to highlighting the IoT connected, lightweight shields, Armor At Hand is announcing its partnership with ESRI and The School Superintendents Association (AASA).

Coupled with Esri ArcGIS, the Armor At Hand Smart Shield provides autonomous safety features such as:
• Alerts other shields on campus if one of them is moved
• Mapped real-time danger area and safe zones
• Guidance for those in harm’s way to safety with one BIG arrow

Delivered is assured protection, the peace of mind that help is coming, along with shortened police response times.
Esri is an international leader and supplier of geographic information system (GIS) software. Esri utilizes its ArcGIS mapping and spatial analytics software to meet digital transformation needs for organizations of all sizes.

AASA is the premier membership organization representing public school district superintendents across the country and the world. The primary goal of AASA is to advocate for highest quality public education for all students, as well as to develop and support the school system

Armor At Hand’s partnership with AASA speaks to both organizations’ commitment to providing resources to assist school districts before, during and after a crisis. With access to more than 12,000 school districts, AASA will enable Armor At Hand to reach the audience that the Smart Shields are designed to protect.

To learn more about Armor At Hand’s IoT connected Smart Shield, or to schedule a briefing/interview with Chad Ahrens, contact

About Armor At Hand
Armor At Hand™, manufacturer the Smart Shield™, a lightweight ballistic shield engineered with advanced materials and IoT connected technology, is designed to provide users with certified National Institute of Justine Level III ballistic protection from common pistols and high-powered rifles while being disguised in public areas. Armor At Hand is dedicated to using today’s technology to provide protection in schools, places of worship, hospitals, workplaces and other facilities. Armor at Hand’s Smart Shield is proudly manufactured in the USA. School sponsorship programs are available to foundations and corporations. For more information, visit