When a 14-year-old boy was shot in broad daylight outside a DeSoto, Texas apartment complex, first responders were able to get to the scene, render first aid and get the victim in an ambulance and to the hospital immediately thanks to the citys new gunshot detection technology.
According to DeSoto's Assistant Police Chief, Ryan Jesionek, the quick response from police is a textbook example of how ShotSpotters technology is helping in their fight against firearm violence.
The system, which has been operational since April 20, 2023, covers a two square mile zone in the city's northeast, strategically selected through five years of call analysis to target high-risk areas.
ShotSpotter's mechanism is straightforward: microphones detect loud sounds and pinpoint their source within an 82-foot radius. Upon gunfire confirmation, officers are dispatched within a minute, enhancing response precision.
Triggered by an increase in 2020 gun-related incidents, DeSoto adopted ShotSpotter via a $300,000 contract funded by the American Rescue Plan Act. President Joe Biden's initiative aims to enhance community safety post-pandemic.
SoundThinking (NASDAQ:SSTI), ShotSpotter's parent company, acknowledged federal endorsement of tech solutions against violence. Tom Chittum highlighted the transformative role of such tools in revolutionizing gun crime combat.
The DeSoto Police Department is one of 150 departments across the country utilizing ShotSpotters gunshot detection technology. However, a Johns Hopkins study revealed the companys inability to solely reduce firearm violence, noting that broader strategies, including policy reforms, are key.
Another company utilizing gunshot detection technology in parallel with its other crime prevention technology is Knightscope, Inc. (NASDAQ:KSCP).
Knightscope, Inc. (NASDAQ:KSCP) is a pioneering public safety technology company focused on developing fully autonomous security robots, blue light emergency communication systems, and automated gunshot detection solutions. The company's overarching mission is to enhance safety and make the United States the safest country in the world.
On July 14, 2023 Knightscope announced the addition of real-time, automated gunshot detection technology to its growing portfolio of autonomous security offerings.
This strategic move comes in response to mounting requests from various sectors, including schools, corporations, airports, hotels, and municipalities, seeking advanced solutions for active threat management and emergency response. The integration of gunshot detection systems aims to expedite police and security responses, effectively addressing potential threats to public safety.
According to the Company, the adoption of gunshot detection systems is driven by several significant reasons, such as mitigating active-shooter incidents, reducing false alarms and complementing other security solutions by enhancing protection across various environments.
The Smart Policing Initiative, a collaboration between the Bureau of Justice Assistance and 40 local police agencies, has highlighted the potential of such systems. They can aid immediate response and investigation of gunfire incidents while identifying high-risk areas for targeted interventions, thus enhancing public safety.
Knightscope's automated gunshot detection technology will be integrated into new K1 Blue Light Towers or can also serve as an upgrade to the 7,000 devices already deployed nationwide. This technology can function as a standalone device or in conjunction with the K5 Outdoor and K3 Indoor Autonomous Security Robots (ASRs). The system's flexibility is augmented through optional solar power or light pole kits for installation.
Distinguished by its automated precision localization, the system operates both indoors and outdoors, accurately identifying gunshot locations in both horizontal and vertical planes. Notifications are transmitted within two seconds, contingent on reliable cellular service, using a multi-sensor system to minimize false alarms. Knightscope's approach focuses on localized, real-time coverage for heightened effectiveness, contrasting with city-wide approaches. Sales are set to commence in Q4 2023.
Heightened concerns about gunshot-related incidents, especially within school premises, are driving changes in security protocols, fostering demand for gunshot detection systems. Smart Cities initiatives are incorporating such technology into their safety frameworks. Analysts project the North American market for gunshot detection to reach a value of $646 million by 2031, with a CAGR of 9.1% from 2022 to 2031.
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