ShotSpotter, Inc., global provider of security solutions that help law enforcement officials identify, locate and deter gun violence and active shooter incidents, has announced an updated version of ShotSpotter Missions – an AI-driven crime forecasting and patrol management software tool. Acquired from HunchLab in late 2018, today’s product release represents ShotSpotter’s first set of enhancements as it extends its penetration into this emerging category. ShotSpotter Missions The new enhancement to ShotSpotter Missions enables current and future ShotSpotter gunshot detection customers to regularly and accurately update crime and gunfire forecasts so that law enforcement agencies can better plan patrol missions. Updates are scheduled to happen every 24 hours as gunfire events unfold and as patrol shifts consistently monitor ShotSpotter coverage areas across their city. Agencies can then filter the data by date, time, area, and patrol or special task force units ShotSpotter Missions also includes a new report to help command staff better understand their patrol resources engagement. The new report shows which officers executed missions, and when, where, and what tactics the officers used during each mission. The report also includes the total available missions, total mission sessions, total minutes in mission, and number of officers on a shift. Agencies can then filter the data by date, time, area, and patrol or special task force units and then print or download into Excel. Crime prevention software “This first new release of ShotSpotter Missions since our acquisition of HunchLab is incredibly exciting and is just the beginning,” said Ralph A. Clark, ShotSpotter CEO and President. “We believe we have the opportunity to redefine and grow the crime forecasting category with the help of our customers and make crime prevention software a valuable tool within law enforcement.” The updated version of ShotSpotter Missions will be available August 1. Gunfire forecasts are only available when used in conjunction with ShotSpotter’s gunfire detection service. ShotSpotter Missions is also available as a standalone solution to forecast many other crime types beyond gunfire.
ShotSpotter, Inc., the provider of gunshot detection solutions that help law enforcement officials identify, locate and deter gun violence, announces a new technology innovation unit – ShotSpotter Labs – to expand the company’s current efforts supporting innovative uses of its technology to help protect wildlife and the environment. ShotSpotter Labs is launching with an initial focus on helping combat rhino poaching in South Africa. Later this year, the unit intends to explore other applications for global wildlife protection such as combatting illegal blast fishing in Malaysia with underwater sensors. Multiple poacher apprehensions In 2014, ShotSpotter began a pilot of its gunshot detection technology in the Intensified Protection Zone of Kruger National Park in South Africa, home to 60% of the last remaining rhinos. Given the vast expanse of the park, most poaching incidents went undetected with carcasses found days or weeks after the fact. With the introduction of ShotSpotter to detect, locate and alert park rangers to gunfire incidents in under 60 seconds, there have been multiple poacher apprehensions within the coverage area since its debut. The resulting speed and accuracy of the response not only increases our chances of making contact and effecting an arrest" “ShotSpotter changes the game by giving our rangers the exact location of the shot within seconds,” said Glenn Phillips, Managing Executive of Kruger National Park. “The resulting speed and accuracy of the response not only increases our chances of making contact and effecting an arrest, but over time we hope will send a powerful message to poachers to stay away.” Unmanned aerial vehicles In addition to significantly expanding coverage area in the park, ShotSpotter Labs plans to integrate with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for automated dispatch to the precise latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates of the gunfire. The UAVs will provide a video stream to rangers so that they can track the poachers. ShotSpotter has had to adapt its sensors and software for use in the sprawling expanse of Kruger National Park with no electricity available to power sensors. These types of system innovations required for anti-poaching are already being applied in other applications such as solar-powered sensors in freeway deployments with limited access to electricity. “I’ve seen the devastation to the rhino population firsthand in South Africa and it’s meaningful that ShotSpotter can make a difference to help these amazing animals survive for future generations,” said Ralph A. Clark, president and CEO of ShotSpotter. “This kind of engagement is not only the right thing to do, but it’s also an opportunity for us to develop innovative technology that can ultimately be incorporated back into core products across our business.”
ShotSpotter, Inc, the provider of gunshot detection solutions that help law enforcement officials identify, locate and deter gun violence, announces that Verizon Communications Inc. has expanded its partnership to include reselling ShotSpotter Flex, the company’s flagship gunshot detection solution, as a stand-alone offering to its customers. ShotSpotter, used by more than 90 cities to help fight gun crime, expects to benefit from the scale and distribution Verizon offers. Longstanding relationships “We believe adding the leadership, reach and influence of Verizon as a ShotSpotter reseller will be a force multiplier for our business, allowing us to access and serve more cities across the country,” said Ralph Clark, President and CEO of ShotSpotter. “Verizon’s large and experienced sales teams have longstanding relationships with many municipalities, so it’s a natural fit.” We expect the addition of ShotSpotter Flex within our Smart Communities suite of solutions, including public safety and traffic management “We expect the addition of ShotSpotter Flex within our Smart Communities suite of solutions, including public safety and traffic management, will be a clear value-add for cities, and we are excited to include this offering to our customers,” said Mrinalini Ingram, VP of Smart Communities for Verizon. Improve response times Earlier this year, ShotSpotter announced an agreement with Verizon to bring the ShotSpotter solution to cities across the country by leveraging Verizon’s Light Sensory Network, an IoT platform deployed on street lights. ShotSpotter Flex helps law enforcement agencies by quickly directing police to the location of gunfire incidents. The SaaS-based system sends alerts within 60 seconds of gunshot detection to dispatch centers and to patrol officers on their mobile computers and smartphones. The alerts improve response times to crime scenes to better aid victims and identify witnesses, as well as help police locate key evidence to identify and prosecute suspects.
To expand the national conversation around the ongoing threat of gun violence to schools across the country, ShotSpotter, Inc. released newly compiled data tracking gunfire in and around public K-12 school communities within ShotSpotter coverage areas during 2017. The data revealed more than 4,800 gunfire incidents occurred during school hours within a one-half mile radius of public K-12 schools and within the coverage area. There are 2,320 public K-12 schools and over 1,079,700 students within ShotSpotter coverage areas in 77 cities in the United States. The ShotSpotter study tracked and analysed data on the number of gunfire incidents that occurred at or near those schools across the time period from 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM local time, Monday – Friday, including summer and holidays. The study yielded the following results: 4,856 incidents in total were detected, averaging 93.4 incidents per week or 13.3 incidents per weekday across the 2,320 schools The 100 schools with the most gunshot incidents averaged about 23 weekday incidents in 2017 The highest round count incident was on April 10, 2017 (Monday) at 10:36 AM involving 29 rounds With more law enforcement agencies using ShotSpotter, many communities are now prioritising expansion to school areas as part of their gun violence reduction strategies"ShotSpotter gunfire detection expansion for FUSD “We believe persistent gun violence around schools has become a terrifying reality for many cities and a variety of research shows that being exposed to any regular gunfire activity causes trauma in children, which can lead to negative long-term health and psychological issues including PTSD,” said Ralph Clark, President and CEO of ShotSpotter. “According to the Baltimore Sun, nearly one-third of children exposed to violence experience PTSD, very similar to what soldiers’ experience after fighting on the front lines in a war zone. With more law enforcement agencies using ShotSpotter, many communities are now prioritising expansion to school areas as part of their gun violence reduction strategies.” The City of Fresno, California – a ShotSpotter customer – recently expanded its ShotSpotter installation to now include outdoor gunfire detection for 65 school areas across the city. The expansion is designed to protect the inner urban communities in Fresno most impacted by illegal gunfire and children in the Fresno Unified School District (FUSD). ShotSpotter alerts us almost instantaneously to any outdoor gunfire in the area and provides a pinpoint location for fast response" Prompt alert to gunfire incidents “Fresno has seen firsthand the benefits to our community with ShotSpotter gunfire detection. We made a conscious choice to protect our schools and their surrounding neighbourhoods,” said Fresno Police Chief, Jerry Dyer. “With funding from the FUSD, the City of Fresno and a federal grant, we now have a total of 65 public K-12 schools within the ShotSpotter coverage area. ShotSpotter alerts us almost instantaneously to any outdoor gunfire in the area and provides a pinpoint location for fast response.” “Gun violence incidents, the exposure to normalised gunfire, and the ongoing threat of a school shooting is an American tragedy that we must address for all of our children,” added Clark. “We are actively working with city leaders, communities and law enforcement to implement tangible and proven solutions for reducing gun violence and ensuring safer outdoor school areas. With ShotSpotter, cities can count on fast, accurate response to any gunfire event.”
ShotSpotter, the provider of gunshot detection solutions that help law enforcement officers and security personnel identify, locate and deter gun violence, announced results of their annual ShotSpotter National Gunfire Index (NGI) report, a gunfire incident report based on 87 U.S. cities using ShotSpotter technology during 2017. Many medium and large-sized cities where ShotSpotter is deployed across the U.S. saw a measurable reduction in gunfire ranging from 6 to 34 percent for 2017 vs 2016, including: (in alphabetical order) Denver, CO; Minneapolis, MN; Pittsburgh, PA; Riviera Beach, FL; San Francisco, CA; Savannah, GA; Washington D.C., and Worcester, MA. The single busiest day of reported gunfire was June 22, 2017 in a midwest city with 75 incidentsReduced gunfire incidents The ShotSpotter 2017 National Gunfire Index report is based on data from U.S. cities that used ShotSpotter during the same time period year-over-year in 2016 and 2017. Overall, the western region of the U.S. saw the most significant decrease in gunfire activity. The single busiest day of reported gunfire was June 22, 2017 in a midwest city with 75 incidents – down significantly from the busiest day of gunfire in 2016 that topped out with 339 incidents on October 23, 2016. The ShotSpotter National Gunfire Index found the busiest hour for gunfire in 2017 for any one city was on November 6 from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm, with 35 gunfire incidents. The ShotSpotter National Gunfire Index also revealed that incidents with single rounds were on the rise during 2017 and a trend towards a longer ‘weekend’ with increased activity on Mondays, as well as the traditional spike in gunfire seen during the period of Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Other key findings include: Gunfire by night of the week – a longer ‘weekend’ period emerges: The total number of incidents per day reported by ShotSpotter rose 10% on Monday compared to 2% Tuesday through Friday. Monday edged out Thursday to become the fourth busiest night after (in order of total gunfire incidents reported) Saturday, Friday, and Sunday Average number of rounds per reported incident was mostly steady, except for the West and Caribbean where total incidents remain the highest, but dropped considerably year over year. Northeast 3.3 rounds per incident (2016, 3.3) Midwest 3.5 rounds per incident (2016, 3.6) South 3.7 rounds per incident (2016, 3.7) West 3.9 rounds per incident (2016, 4.4) Caribbean (Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands) 4.7 rounds per incident (2016, 6.3) Cities in the Caribbean and Puerto Rico are not counted in gunfire rate calculations or comparisons because of long-term power outages at the end of 2017 caused by Hurricane Maria. Data from these cities are counted in other calculations, such as the number of rounds per incident, percent gunfire by hour of day, etc., and is derived from the coverage period of January 1 to September 5, 2017. Our officers depend on ShotSpotter to manage resources, identify patterns of crime and thoroughly investigate each shooting incident" ShotSpotter’s role in reducing gun violence Rate of gunfire incidents by region – when looking at gunfire incidents by geographic region, the Northeast has the lowest number of gunfire and the Midwest has the highest number of gunfire incidents. Gunfire incidents peak between 10PM-12 midnight – the number of gunfire incidents by hour of day peaks at 10PM-11PM followed by 11PM-12 midnight and starts declining at midnight. The lowest number of gunfire incident hours are generally the 6AM-10AM range. “ShotSpotter has proven to be a valuable tool to help improve our performance in reducing gun violence,” said Worcester, MA, Police Chief Steven M. Sargent. “Our officers depend on ShotSpotter to manage resources, identify patterns of crime and thoroughly investigate each shooting incident. As a result, we have seen measurable results and Worcester remains one of the safest cities of its size in the northeast.” Acoustic sensing capability “Our annual ShotSpotter gunfire index provides important data that shines a light on gun violence trends that can empower law enforcement to make strategic decisions based on that knowledge,” said ShotSpotter President and CEO Ralph Clark. “While there is still much to be done to make our cities safer, by working closely with law enforcement across the country we are seeing large reductions in gunfire as the combination of technology, community engagement and new policing practices make a positive impact.”Through its acoustic sensing capability and enterprise-grade software, ShotSpotter can detect and locate gunfire in near real time ShotSpotter, is used in more than 87 cities across the country to help law enforcement agencies reduce gun violence. Through its acoustic sensing capability and enterprise-grade software, ShotSpotter can detect and locate gunfire in near real time. Alerts are then broadcast to 911 dispatch centres, patrol cars and even smartphones, with the location, number of rounds fired, and approximate number of shooters, to law enforcement and public safety officials. These alerts help enable first responders to get to the gunfire location quickly and aid victims, collect evidence and apprehend offenders.
ShotSpotter, Inc., the provider of gunshot detection solutions that help law enforcement officials and security personnel identify, locate and deter gun violence, announced the appointment of two new executives – Sam Klepper, recently joined as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product Management, and Jon Magin will join as Vice President of International Sales – Latin America on April 2, 2018. Klepper’s appointment is notable to the company because of his experience marketing IoT solutions and leading platform product success, while Magin strengthens the leadership team with his experience in selling law enforcement and security solutions in Latin America. Klepper joins ShotSpotter with 25 years of leadership, marketing, and product experience SaaS industry expertise Klepper joins ShotSpotter with 25 years of leadership, marketing, and product experience working for innovative, fast-growing technology companies. He was most recently Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Customer Success at EnerAllies, a SaaS-centric IoT energy management platform company. Previously, Klepper served as President and CEO of Lavante, a SaaS supplier management solutions company, and prior to that he held marketing positions with technology companies including Redwood Systems (acquired by CommScope), eMeter (acquired by Siemens), Microsoft and Intuit. Veteran in law enforcement sector Magin joins ShotSpotter with more than 20 years of experience in global business development, market planning and international law enforcement support. Prior to joining ShotSpotter, Magin was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Decision Sciences International, a provider of advanced security and contraband detection systems.To execute our aggressive growth plans, having the right executive team is critical to our success" Before that he spent 12 years as founder and President of Non-Lethal Solutions International, a provider of non-lethal weapons and products to law enforcement agencies around the world, including Latin America. Earlier in his career, Mr. Magin also spent over 10 years working in Latin America, including new business development for Monsanto do Brasil and Monsanto de Mexico. “To execute our aggressive growth plans, having the right executive team is critical to our success,” said ShotSpotter President and CEO Ralph Clark. “Sam and Jon both bring strong experience in key areas for our business expansion strategies, in particular Sam’s relevant experience in enterprise SaaS marketing and Jon’s achievements in developing business in the Latin America law enforcement segment. We look forward to their contributions and welcome them to the ShotSpotter team.”
ShotSpotter announced an agreement with Verizon to bring the ShotSpotter solution to cities by leveraging Verizon's Light Sensory Network, an IoT platform deployed on street lights. Verizon’s Light Sensory Network is part of Verizon’s Smart Communities technology, which offers a range of services to cities including lighting control, traffic analytics, parking optimisation, public safety support and now gunshot detection. By utilising a city's lighting infrastructure, it will now be easier and more cost effective to deploy ShotSpotter gunshot detection capability in key urban locations and cover a much broader area in cities. With the ubiquity of street lighting in nearly every area in a city, now the entire city can benefit from near real-time alerts to gunfire. ShotSpotter announced an agreement with Verizon to bring the ShotSpotter solution to cities Reduced gun violence ShotSpotter, the leading gunshot detection service, is used in more than 85 cities across the country to help law enforcement agencies reduce gun violence. Through its acoustic sensing capability and enterprise-grade software, ShotSpotter can detect and locate gunfire in near real time. Alerts are then broadcast to 911 dispatch centres, patrol cars and even smartphones, with the location, number of rounds fired, and approximate number of shooters, to law enforcement and public safety officials. These alerts help enable first responders to get to the gunfire location quickly and aid victims, collect evidence and apprehend offenders. “We are very pleased to add ShotSpotter to our Smart Communities solution suite in the interest of supporting public safety in communities throughout the U.S.,” said Sean Harrington, Vice President of City Solutions, Smart Communities at Verizon. “The combination of the nation’s most reliable network with a leader in the gunshot detection industry deployed across street lights can create a robust and cost effective solution to help cities fight gun violence.” We are very pleased to add ShotSpotter to our Smart Communities solution suite in the interest of supporting public safety" Public safety tool “Verizon’s Light Sensory Network, part of their Smart Communities technology suite, is an ideal platform for ShotSpotter to be deployed more broadly and more affordably in key areas of a city,” said Ralph A. Clark, President and CEO of ShotSpotter. “We are already helping communities across the country to address chronic gun violence issues, and with the increasing interest in IoT, we have even more opportunities to partner and leverage city infrastructure to expand this critical public safety tool to more cities.” “In 2017, we continued to shape Sacramento as an urban technology lab by entering into a $100 million public-partnership with Verizon,” said Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg. “With this partnership, we are helping to increase access with free Wi-Fi, to bridge the city’s digital divide, and to build infrastructure in support of our evolving technology ecosystem. The tools provided by this partnership allow us to leverage the capabilities of the Verizon backbone to use technologies such as ShotSpotter as part of the city’s public safety efforts.”
ShotSpotter, a provider of gunshot detection solutions that help law enforcement officials and security personnel identify, locate and deter gun violence, has announced that seven new cities have recently deployed ShotSpotter technology in their communities. The new cities include Cincinnati, Ohio; Jacksonville, Florida; Louisville, Kentucky; Newburgh, New York; Pittsfield, Massachusetts; Syracuse, New York and St. Louis County, Missouri – joining the more than 90 jurisdictions that already rely on ShotSpotter to ensure a fast, accurate response to gunfire incidents. Three existing ShotSpotter cities, New York City, Chicago and Birmingham have also recently expanded their coverage areas. Gunshot detection ShotSpotter provides real-time alerts to law enforcement of detected gunfire so that they can arrive at the precise location of a shooting event safely and quickly. With the speed of response, officers can be on the scene to aid victims, interview witnesses, and collect forensic evidence. This improves the overall effectiveness of an agency in identifying and apprehending shooters, and taking illegal guns off the streets. “We are excited to be working with police departments in successfully implementing gunshot detection solutions as a critical component of their gun violence prevention efforts," said Ralph Clark, CEO of ShotSpotter. “Cities are seeing positive outcomes and improved community engagement as a result of their agency’s ShotSpotter adoption and integration with best practices execution. We are thrilled with all of our customer collaborations that are making a real difference in improved public safety for all, especially in those at-risk neighbourhoods who also deserve community peace.” "ShotSpotter is already alerting us to specific addresses that we were not aware were inundated with random gunfire incidents" Positive impact “After just four weeks of using ShotSpotter, we are already seeing a positive impact from the technology,” said Cincinnati Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigate. “We have three square miles of coverage in one of our most problematic communities for shooting violence and have had over sixty activations in just a month’s time.” “ShotSpotter is already alerting us to specific addresses that we were not aware were inundated with random gunfire incidents,” Neudigate continued. “In addition, ShotSpotter works well with our established surveillance camera system; we recently caught a running gun battle on video that we would never have known about had we not received the alert. ShotSpotter technology holds great promise for helping to reduce gun violence in the City of Cincinnati as part of an overall gun violence reduction strategy.” Expansion to coverage areas According to Lieutenant Jim Cirillo, Louisville Metro Police Department, “ShotSpotter’s technology product has done exactly what they promised it to do.” In recent months, three existing ShotSpotter cities – New York City, Chicago and Birmingham – have undergone recent expansions to their coverage areas. New York City began implementing ShotSpotter in 2015 and currently covers 57 square miles, an increase of 17.8 square miles since the beginning of 2017. In Chicago, ShotSpotter was first deployed in the 7th and 11th districts, then in the 15th and 9th. In September 2017, their sixth district also went live with ShotSpotter and the 10th district will go live soon. The city of Birmingham doubled their ShotSpotter coverage from eight to 16 square miles. In addition, the University of Alabama (UA) Police Department has added ShotSpotter to help make its campus safer. UA becomes one of eight universities in the country to invest in the ShotSpotter gunfire detection technology.
The total new ShotSpotter coverage mileage is 118 miles for a total coverage area of more than 400 miles SST, a global leader in gunfire detection and analysis, announced that six new cities − including San Diego, California and San Antonio, Texas − have selected its ShotSpotter Flex technology to help the local law enforcement agencies prevent and reduce gun violence in their cities. SST also announced expanded coverage areas for eight cities already successfully using ShotSpotter gunfire technology, including New York City, Chicago, Miami-Dade County, and Birmingham, Alabama. Proven solution provider In addition to San Diego and San Antonio, the new cities that recently deployed ShotSpotter include Salinas, California; Hillsborough, Florida; Goldsboro, North Carolina; and Cape Town, South Africa. ShotSpotter is a proven solution provider with more than 90 installations across the United States and the world. Birmingham, Alabama, has been using ShotSpotter for nine years in an eight-square mile area of the city, and has recently expanded its gunfire detection area to cover a full 20 square miles. Critical tool for law enforcement operations “ShotSpotter is a critical tool in our law enforcement operations. In fact, the ShotSpotter system is now part of our DNA in regards to reducing gun violence and improving the quality of life in our neighbourhoods,” said Chief of Police A.C. Roper of Birmingham Alabama. With the new mobile app, morelaw enforcement users will have access to the valuableShotSpotter service beyond the dispatch office or squad car Other cities expanding ShotSpotter coverage include: New York City, Chicago, Miami-Dade County, Fresno, Denver, Sacramento, and Riviera Beach. The total new ShotSpotter coverage mileage is 118 miles for a total coverage area of more than 400 miles. Reducing gun violence with technology innovation “We are proud to be chosen to partner with these new jurisdictions and are also gratified that so many cities we work with are seeing the tangible benefits of ShotSpotter by choosing to expand their coverage,” said Ralph Clark, CEO of SST. “We know we play an important role in assisting law enforcement with fast, accurate gunfire data that can save lives and reduce gun violence, and we are committed to maintaining our high customer service and continued technology innovation.” SST continues to innovate and offer new capabilities and expanded benefits to the ShotSpotter technology. The company recently announced a new mobile app designed to extend ShotSpotter with real-time gunfire alerts delivered anytime, anywhere on any iOS or Android mobile phone, tablet or desktop. With the new mobile app, more law enforcement users will have access to the valuable ShotSpotter service beyond the dispatch office or squad car. SST continues to leverage ecosystem partnership relationships with Amazon Web Services and GE Current Lighting organisations, further extending the ShotSpotter brand and enabling more cities to benefit from gunshot detection technology. Save