Lighting giant GE has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ShotSpotter to incorporate ShotSpotter real-time gunfire detection technology into GE’s intelligent LED street lights.
According to the official news release, ShotSpotter detects and locates gunfire in real time through acoustic sensors and enterprise-grade software; the system alerts 9-1-1 dispatch centres, patrol cars and smart phones, providing detailed information regarding the location, the number of rounds fired, the number of shooters and so on.
With the signing of the MoU, real-time gunfire detection from ShotSpotter will be added to GE’s Intelligent Environments for Cities solution, which features software and sensor-enabled LED lighting powered by Predix™— GE’s cloud-based platform for the Industrial Internet — “to help cities realise potential opportunities for reducing cost, optimising operations and creating value.”
“We’ve entered an era where lighting is so much more than illumination. The ecosystem we are building with our Intelligent Environments for Cities solution is transforming street lighting into the analytical brain of urban life, and this MOU with ShotSpotter gives one more option for cities to unlock new potential benefits for their city teams and their residents,” said Rick Freeman, Global Product General Manager, Intelligent Devices, GE Lighting.
“ShotSpotter is a proven tool in helping cities across the country address chronic gun violence issues. The City of San Francisco, for example, reports an approximate 50% decrease in recorded firearms violence since deploying ShotSpotter as part of their gun violence abatement strategy. This partnership with GE will accelerate the adoption of this technology in other cities by integrating our solution into existing infrastructure in a more comprehensive way,” said Ralph A. Clark, President and CEO of SST, Inc.