ShotSpotter Expands Coverage Area in First Half 2015 to Help Agencies Combat Urban Gun Crime
July 29, 2015
NEWARK, CA--(Marketwired - Jul 29, 2015) - SST, Inc.™, the maker of ShotSpotter®, today announced that two additional cities -- Fresno and Sacramento, CA -- have contracted with them to implement ShotSpotter, the leading public safety solution for detecting, locating and alerting on illegal gun crime. Four current customers have expanded their ShotSpotter installations and two have converted to the new cloud-based subscription, adding a total of almost 38 miles to the ShotSpotter coverage area. In addition, 15 new square miles have gone live in New York City, in Brooklyn and the Bronx, from a deal contracted in late 2014, and are showing very promising early results.
ShotSpotter real-time alerts notify local police departments of precisely when and where gun incidents occur so that officers can respond faster and more safely, recover evidence such as shell casings and guns, interview witnesses, and ensure timely medical attention for any gunshot victims. Law enforcement agencies across the country leverage ShotSpotter as a part of their overall strategies to reduce gun violence and improve community safety.
Expanded ShotSpotter Coverage
The two new cities that have recently contracted with SST, Fresno and Sacramento, California, bring the total number of cities that have contracted to deploy with ShotSpotter to 90. The company also announced that it has expanded areas of coverage in four cities already successfully using ShotSpotter to curb violent gun crime, including Brockton, MA; New Haven, CT; Oakland, CA; and Peoria, IL. In addition, Washington DC and Redwood City, CA, have converted their legacy deployments -- an older version of ShotSpotter -- to ShotSpotter Flex, SST's cloud-based subscription service. ShotSpotter Flex includes 24/7 monitoring and real-time reviewed alerts with additional context to help ensure officer safety when responding to the scene of a gun crime in progress. The new ShotSpotter cities, along with expanded coverage areas and newly converted legacy deployments represent almost 60 new square miles of ShotSpotter Flex coverage, bringing the total to well over 300 square miles in the U.S.
The most recent deployment of ShotSpotter, which just went live in Fresno, CA last month, yielded results almost immediately. "ShotSpotter is a powerful tool for both responding officers and Investigators," stated Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer. "ShotSpotter was instrumental in leading officers to a residence a suspect ran into after firing a weapon. The suspect was arrested, and shell casings recovered along with the firearm used."
"ShotSpotter has proven to be a game changer for cities across the country that are willing to directly take on gun violence through targeted enforcement," said Ralph A. Clark, President and CEO of SST. "Our technology provides actionable data that enables a precise and force-multiplying response to gun violence. When combined with a comprehensive anti-violence strategy, smart policing and best practices, it helps to build community trust and engagement -- all key to deterring gun crime in neighborhoods that suffer most."
ShotSpotter as a Service
SST offers ShotSpotter Flex as an affordable annual subscription service that is a hosted, cloud-based solution. With a cloud-based subscription service, city police agencies no longer have to fund the purchase of expensive capital equipment, or maintain the equipment after installation. Included in ShotSpotter Flex is SST's Reviewed Alerts Service, which provides immediate review and qualification of all gunfire incidents by ShotSpotter-staffed and trained gunshot acoustic experts. In addition, agencies have access to investigative and technical forensic data services on their ShotSpotter coverage areas from SST acoustic experts.
ShotSpotter Flex helps local law enforcement agencies by directing police to the precise location of illegal gunfire incidents enabling first responders to aid victims, collect evidence and quickly apprehend armed, dangerous offenders. The ShotSpotter actionable intelligence can then be used to prevent future crimes by positioning law enforcement when and where crime is likely to occur. With ShotSpotter Flex, police now possess a scientific barometer of success since smart policing leads to fewer shootings.
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, enables measurable outcomes that contribute to reducing gun violence. SST is a proven solution provider with more than 90 installations across the United States and the world. Privately held, the company holds numerous patents resulting from nearly two decades of innovation in the area of acoustic gunshot location technology. Detail can be found at www.ShotSpotter.com/ Details about our US and foreign patents can be found at http://www.shotspotter.com/patents.
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