ShotSpotter Inc (NASDAQ:SSTI) gunfire sensor detection system installation plan has received approval by Bakersfield City Council. The system alerts the police of live gunfire in less than a minute. It received approval on Jan. 10 this year. According to the reports, the Council will install the technology in 70 areas throughout Bakersfield’s Wards 1 and 2.
This technology from ShotSpotter has been specially designed to address gang violence and gun crime the moment it happens. It is expected to help reduce such type of crimes in some of the hardest hit and most vulnerable areas in Bakersfield. The intention behind using this type of sensor system is to make the neighborhoods safer for the residents in the areas by eliminating firearm discharge and arresting as well as prosecuting criminals who are involved in it.
Department Of Justice To Fund The Program
According to a report, this two-year pilot program from Bakersfield will receive funds from the Department of Justice (DOJ). The funds will be provided through a $43,000 government grant known as the Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program and Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN).
The SST sensors of ShotSpotter will be placed strategically in designated “hotspot” areas that are considered to be risk areas with high probability for gun violence. Around 20 sensors will be installed 20-30 feet in the air on light poles, buildings, and utility poles in a three-square mile radius from Chester to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Brundage to California Avenue, and through Old Town Kern to Bernard.
Each of these waterproof sensors will comprise of GPS, microphone, memory, and cell ability that can transmit gunshot data to a processing center located in California’s Newark where the experts will evaluate the sounds. Once the experts confirm the sound as live gunfire, officers will receive an alert through an app on their Smartphone and the dashboard console systems of the patrol vehicle.
ShotSpotter is known for designing and delivering gunfire alert and analysis solutions and the company provides its software solutions on a Saas-based subscription model.