ShotSpotter Inc. (NASDAQ: SSTI) brings the power of digital transformation to law enforcement. We are trusted by more than 200 cities and 2,500 agencies to drive more efficient, effective, and equitable public safety outcomes and help make communities safer and healthier. We are a leader in precision policing technology solutions and our platform includes the flagship product, ShotSpotter Respond™, the leading gunshot detection and alerting system; investigative tools that immediately generate leads and streamline case management to accelerate crime solving and improve clearance rates; and patrol management software that dynamically directs patrol resources to areas of greater risk to more effectively deter crime. ShotSpotter has been designated a Great Place to Work® Company.
“Earn the trust of law enforcement to help them provide equal protection for all and strengthen the police-community relationship, ultimately improving public safety.”
The community is at the heart of our business. Helping law enforcement make communities safer is not just a job. We are passionate about how our products contribute to a safer world and that is ingrained in the culture of our company.
Dr. Robert Calhoun
Dr. Robert Calhoun is a founder, principal engineer and software scientist at ShotSpotter, Inc. He has programmed in C, Visual Basic, and LabVIEW. He has written versions of the ShotSpotter detector and map displays, and designed sensitive detection, classification, and filtering routines to give the ShotSpotter its most impressive performance to date.
Rob has earned his undergraduate degree, his masters, and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from MIT.
Dr. Robert L. Showen
Ph.D, Founder & Chief Scientist
Dr. Showen is ShotSpotter’s founder and patent holder on the technology. With over three decades of acoustic and geophysics research experience, it was Dr. Showen’s initial vision of helping police curb gunfire and urban crime that caused him first to conceive of ShotSpotter.
Engineer, scientist, and teacher, Dr. Robert L. Showen attended San Jose State University, University of California at Berkeley, and Rice University. He obtained degrees in electrical engineering and space physics and won a fellowship to the Max Planck Institute. He has taught astronomy and physics at the University of Puerto Rico, performed experiments to heat the ionosphere at the world’s largest RADAR, participated in the development of over-the-horizon RADAR at SRI International, and studied the effects of lightning on the ionosphere.
Jason Dunham is an engineer, a software specialist and a co-founder of SST/ShotSpotter. Jason’s specialty work is in vibration analysis as applied to components of nuclear plants. He has programmed in C, Pascal, FORTRAN, FORTH, Mathematica, and LabVIEW. He is the owner and founder of San Francisco Industrial Software Inc. which has an extensive local and statewide clientele. He has written a majority of the software used in the Trilon Technology gunshot location system, and is a co-inventor with Dr. Showen on patent applications for ShotSpotter technology.
Jason earned his BS, Mechanical Engineering from MIT and his MS in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University.
2019 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Winner
Ralph Clark and ShotSpotter awarded EY 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year – Northern California
2018 Technology Award from National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
AST Homeland Security Award – Best Gunshot Detection System (2021, 2020, 2019, 2018)
5th consecutive year listed on GovTech 100
See the award details here
Environmental Impact and ShotSpotter Labs
We want to be a force for good in the world. The company has created a new unit called ShotSpotter Labs that supports innovative uses of its gunshot detection technology to help protect wildlife and the environment. See ShotSpotter Labs details here.
Blast fishing threatens a majority of tropical reefs and the food supply of a billion people. Fish blasters bomb above reef areas rather than use traditional methods of netting or spearing. By bombing over the reefs they destroy the reefs and hence the homes of the fish, which takes years to recover.
ShotSpotter researchers have been working with the international environmental coalition Stop Fish Bombing (www.sfbusa.org) to develop blast location capability to enable marine law enforcement to intercept the illegal blasters. In coordination with legal and social reforms, timely reporting of blast locations to law enforcement can help prevent blast fishing.