Street Lamps that Detect Gunfire

GE Lighting and ShotSpotter plan to bring gunshot detection to street lights.

American City & County

Whether it’s the urban gunfire that plagues cities daily or the gunfire from an active shooter, getting to the scene quickly and having the critical information necessary for immediate action is key for first responders.

Late last year, two companies, GE Lighting and ShotSpotter, signed a memorandum of understanding to bring gunshot detection to light fixtures. The product will become part of GE’s Intelligent Environments for Cities platform that “uses LED street lighting and wireless sensors to connect, collect and analyze data, harnessing the power of the Industrial Internet to enhance quality of life for city residents and visitors,” according to the company.

GE says the proprietary acoustic sensors and product software “would give street lamps the ability to detect gunfire in real time, connect to 911, alert police patrol cars, and ping smartphones with the precise location of the shooting incident, the number of shooters and rounds fired and other valuable intelligence.”

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