It’s very cool that our portfolio company ShotSpotter was just profiled in the Washington Post (ShotSpotter detection system documents 39,000 shooting incidents in the District).
In Washington DC, ShotSpotter has 300 acoustic sensors across 20 square miles of the city, covering mainly the Southeast and Northeast of the District. ShotSpotter is a unique gunfire surveillance network that helps police respond quicker to gunfire incidents. These sensors are about the size of a watermelon, wrapped in a weatherproof container that contains microphones, hardware, software and a clock linked to the Global Positioning System, which uses satellites and radio navigation to pinpoint precise times and locations. In fact, the more sensors that capture the sound of a gun shot, the more accurate ShotSpotter can identify the location. Other major cities such as Redwood City, Los Angeles and Rio de Janeiro are also users of ShotSpotter.