ShotSpotter to Deploy 30th ShotSpotter Gunshot Location System, 100th Square Mile of Coverage


ShotSpotter, Inc., the world leader in gunshot location systems (GLS) for public safety and the military, announced the thirtieth public safety installation of its flagship product, the ShotSpotter Gunshot Location System, in Nassau County, New York. This deployment brings the total area protected by ShotSpotter GLS systems to approximately 100-square-miles and showcases public safety's increasing reliance on violent crime reduction tools like the ShotSpotter gunshot location technology. Approximately 680,000 residents currently live in an area protected by a ShotSpotter GLS. Each night these systems detect in aggregate between 80 and 150 gunfire incidents nationwide.

Now a mainstay for public safety organizations nationwide, the ShotSpotter GLS accurately detects, pinpoints and alerts police responders to the location of gunfire. In cities where it is deployed, the information provided by the ShotSpotter GLS has been credited with reducing gunfire rates by nearly 60 to 80 percent and violent crime by thirty-five percent.

"The goal of the ShotSpotter GLS has been to accurately identify the amount of gunfire in San Francisco," said Lieutenant Mikail Ali, a senior adviser in the San Francisco police department criminal justice office. "As of May 2008, ShotSpotter sensors have detected and reported 221% more gunfire incidents than reported by citizens." According to Lt. Ali, the average time to be notified by ShotSpotter is two minutes and fifteen seconds faster than the time it takes citizen's to report to police. "This clearly demonstrates ShotSpotter's capability to more rapidly and accurately identify a higher percentage of gunfire."

Gunshot Location Technology: A New Tool for Public Safety

"This thirtieth deployment of the ShotSpotter GLS system highlights the crucial impact our technology has in aiding police response to gunfire," said James G. Beldock, ShotSpotter president and chief executive officer. "The 100 square-miles of protection we provide -- as well as the nearly 700,000 citizens protected in communities which have adopted the ShotSpotter GLS over the past two years -- are a testament to the system's value in helping police respond to and reduce gun crime. With gun violence an increasing concern across the U.S. and internationally, law enforcement practitioners and city leaders are relying on ShotSpotter's proven gunshot location technology to assist them in achieving greater successes in protecting their communities. As ShotSpotter expands internationally, we are confident the successes achieved by our domestic deployments will be mirrored abroad."

ShotSpotter, Inc. recently completed raising Series D equity funding totaling $7.5 million. Funds raised are earmarked for use as expansion capital to accelerate the company's domestic growth and entry into international markets further cementing the ShotSpotter GLS as a mission-essential police tool.

"I originally conceived of this technology as a tool to aid law enforcement in detecting and locating gunfire in a city near my home," said founder and chief scientist Robert Showen. "Seeing the ShotSpotter GLS go from an idea to a system deployed in 30 cities is quite satisfying and shows how useful this tool is to law enforcement agencies. We are proud of our accomplishments, and our growing workforce is quite dedicated to our mission of reducing urban gunfire."

ShotSpotter provides notification of gunshot events with audio identification data in near real-time. Additional information, including detailed intelligence and forensic analysis of events, is provided by the system for criminal prosecution and resource planning. The ShotSpotter GLS also interoperates with dispatching technologies, surveillance camera solutions and crime analysis tools.

About ShotSpotter, Inc. (

ShotSpotter is an industry leader in the development of innovative, interoperable net-centric gunshot, sniper-detection and location systems for the law enforcement and military markets. The company's focus on ingenuity and technological vision drives its continuing mission to create invaluable solutions that reduce gunfire and gun violence while improving the safety of first responders on the street and soldiers on the front. Currently, the ShotSpotter Gunshot Location System(R) protects many cities nationwide, consistently producing arrests and weapons confiscations. Its individually worn sniper detection and location system identifies and tracks friendly military forces, providing dismounted forces with real-time situational awareness (SA) to aid in maneuvers, reduce fratricide, add to a mission's common operating picture, and support after-action review. Information about ShotSpotter can be found at For ongoing news, please go to

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