Databuoy Corporation, a real-time emergency alert intelligence provider and the Philadelphia police department have announced that SHOTPOINT, Databuoy’s gunshot localization and detection system, has been selected for a pilot program to help to reduce gun-violence throughout the city.
The company says that with gun violence on the rise, officials sought a solution that could accurately detect a gunshot and localize where it came from, to prosecute more offenders and hopefully lessen the number of incidents.
The SHOTPOINT system can be deployed in nearly any environment and eliminates false positives, without human intervention, providing accurate, quickly deployed reports to first responders.
“Our system works reliably in high noise environments and around vehicular traffic without false detections,” Kathleen Griggs, Databuoy CEO said. “The system is automated and gets information to responding officers instantly and has supported police response and investigations for multiple homicides in the years we have been installed.”
“We are deployed in some of the most volatile environments in the country, like the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas,” said former CBP Commissioner, David Aguilar, one of Databuoy Corporation’s Board of Advisor Members. “We are confident it will do the same for the City of Philadelphia.”
“We are committed to the safety of our citizens,” Robert Keehfuss, Philadelphia Police Department, Public Safety Technology Program Manager said. “Philadelphia needs a system that will instantly give us the precise location where the shot occurred. Every second counts when it comes to saving lives and catching shooters, so the faster we get the detailed information, the better chance we have of protecting our citizens.”
The pilot program between Databuoy and the Philadelphia police department will be ongoing for the next several months and cover one of the city’s heaviest gun violence areas. If the system performs to the goals outlined in the pilot, there is support for a larger rollout plan.