Oklahoma State unveils new chemical, biothreat detecting system

Oklahoma State University unveiled a new anti-terrorism device on Wednesday that would be used to track and monitor an attack at venues that draw large groups of people.

The tool, known as OverSite, is composed of a myriad of extremely sensitive sensors that, when placed around a stadium or building, can detect the source of a dangerous sound, like a gunshot, as well as harmful chemical and radiological material, News9.com reports.

Once the source of terrorist activity has been pinpointed, the data is then sent to skilled technicians in a corresponding OverSite vehicle who then dispatch the information to local law enforcement in order to quickly prevent or curtail the attack.

"As a land grant university, it's very important to us to develop technologies that serve the public and this is a classic example of that and in this case protecting the public," Dr. Stephen McKeever said, according to News9.com.

Once OverSite is approved for use, the state-of-the-art tool is expected to be launched at major events, such as sporting events and shopping malls across the country.

The OverSite vehicle will spend the the next nine months going through tests at the National Center for Sports Safety in Mississippi, News9.com reports.