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SHOTSPOTTER FOUNDER & CHIEF SCIENTIST BOB SHOWEN NAMED “INVENTOR OF THE YEAR” BY SVIPLA

SHOTSPOTTER FOUNDER & CHIEF SCIENTIST BOB SHOWEN NAMED “INVENTOR OF THE YEAR” BY SILICON VALLEY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW ASSOC.


Newark, Calif, Dec. 3, 2014 – SST, Inc., the maker of ShotSpotter Flex and the global leader in gunfire detection, location, alerting and analysis, today announced that the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association (SVIPLA) selected Bob Showen, SST Founder and Chief Scientist as “Inventor of the Year,” for his invention of SST/ShotSpotter’s gunshot detection location technology.  

Dr. Robert (Bob) Showen is a pioneer in the field of urban gunshot location systems.  With more than three decades of acoustic and geophysics research experience, Dr. Showen’s vision to help police curb gunfire was the motivation for inventing ShotSpotter.  He has been issued nine patents for SST’s innovative ShotSpotter technology, resulting from nearly two decades of innovation in the area of acoustic location technology.  

Engineer, scientist and teacher, Dr. Showen attended San Jose State University, University of California, Berkeley, and Rice University.  He obtained degrees in electrical engineering and space physics, along with a fellowship to the Max Planck Institute.  He taught astronomy and physics at the University of Puerto Rico, participated in the development of over-the-horizon radar at SRI International, and studied the effects of lightning on the ionosphere.

ShotSpotter Flex is based on Dr. Bob’s patented gunfire detection location technology, and has helped local law enforcement in more than 82 cities across the United States and the world to reduce gunfire violence over the past decade,” said Ralph A. Clark, President and CEO of SST. “We are so very proud of Dr. Bob’s recognition for not only this key technology innovation, but also his humanitarian passion in helping reduce urban gun crime, save lives and improve our communities.”

Note to Press:   Photos of Dr. Showen are downloadable from the SST online media kit; http://shotspotter.com/media-kit

About SST, Inc.
SST, Inc. is the global leader in gunfire detection and location technology, providing the most trusted, scalable and reliable gunfire alert and analysis solutions available today.  SST’s ShotSpotter Flex™ is the leading gunfire alert and analysis solution for detecting gunshots and providing critical intelligence to give law enforcement agencies the detailed real-time data needed to investigate, analyze and prosecute gun related crimes.  The company’s deep domain experience, along with cumulative agency best practice experience, delivers measurable outcomes that contribute to reducing gun violence. Information about SST and ShotSpotter can be found at www.sst-inc.com or www.shotspotter.com.  Follow ShotSpotter at @ShotSpotter solutions on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.