ShotSpotter's Wide Area Protection Overview

Only ShotSpotter offers wide area protection. Its first-in-kind technology detects the fullest range of gunfire, covers a broad geopgraphic area, and collects data that helps communities define the scope of illegal gunfire. Other solutions on the market offer point protection, also known as a “counter sniper system.” While these work very well for military or SWAT team applications where the target of the attacker is known in advance and it is possible to put a sensor at the target, urban areas and critical infrastructure require a wider system of protection which can cover a large area.

ShotSpotter provides wider coverage, detects more types of gunfire.
Whether installed in local communities, critical infrastructure or on a campus, for a gunfire detection system to be effective, you must extend your protection zone. Optimized for civilian application, ShotSpotter's technology is the most effective security solution on the market: the smallest ShotSpotter system covers 250 times the area of the typical point protection sensor, or 3,000 times that of a typical counter-sniper sensor.

Unlike counter-sniper sensors which can only measure a limited range of sounds—the supersonic signature of a sniper’s round with a known ballistic coefficient—ShotSpotter’s wide area protection system measures the full range of impulsive sounds (sounds which are explosive in nature) found in urban weaponry, from sub and supersonic impulses to explosions.

Critical distinctions between point protection and ShotSpotter’s wide area protection:


Competitors rely on Point Protection:

  • Designed for military or SWAT team applications.
  • Focused on supersonic sounds of distant rifle.
  • Limited range of 50- 200 meters in radius (point protection)
  • Attacker’s bullet must be supersonic and must pass within 50 meters of sensor (counter-sniper).
  • Single point sensor is vulnerable to single point of failure.
  • No native geospatial database of incidents.

ShotSpotter offers Wide Area Protection:

  • Designed for civilian and critical infrastructure applications.
  • Multiple, collaborating sensors calculate geolocation of attack.
  • Detects attacks from any direction and weapons fired in 360 degrees relative to the sensor.
  • Covers 10s of square miles.
  • Delivers real-time, actionable information.
  • Creates data base of incidents and trends.