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Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee to discuss Automated Gunfire Locating Systems in Seattle

Councilmember Bruce A. Harrell

Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee
to discuss Automated Gunfire Locating Systems in Seattle

Seattle – Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the City Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee, has called for a special briefing on smart technology to help the police pinpoint the location of gunfire seconds after it occurs. The technology solution is called an Automated Gunfire Locating System and the committee will examine a potential pilot project in specific neighborhoods in Seattle.

How will the Automated Gunfire Locating System work? When gunfire occurs outdoors, acoustic sensors will activate instantly and software will triangulate and identify the exact location of the gunfire. A gunfire and acoustic expert analyzes and validates the audio data and routes the alert to the police dispatch center. Within minutes, the police will receive critical information and arrive at the exact location of the gunfire knowing how many shots were fired, the original shooter’s position, speed and direction of travel (if shooter moved) and exact time of gunfire.

WHAT:
Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee

WHEN:
Thursday, July 12, 2012, at 2 p.m.

WHERE:
Council Chambers, Second floor
Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, Seattle 98104

WHO:
Councilmember Bruce A. Harrell
Councilmember Nick Licata
Councilmember Mike O’Brien
Assistant Chief Paul McDonagh
Representatives from ShotSpotter, Inc.

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