GE Lighting and ShotSpotter Sign MOU to Bring Gunshot Detection to Luminaires

  • Arrangement will add gunshot detection sensors and software from ShotSpotter to GE's Intelligent Environments for Cities Solution

Cities and their emergency responders will soon have a new way to deploy gunshot detection technology and be able to respond to incidents and react faster to protect their residents. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between GE Lighting and SST, Inc., developer of the ShotSpotter crime detection and location suite, lays ground to embedding sophisticated ShotSpotter technology into GE’s intelligent LED street lights.

The proposed exclusive arrangement intends to add real-time gunfire detection from ShotSpotter 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 realize potential opportunities for reducing cost, optimizing operations and creating value.

The collaboration is conditional on a definitive agreement.

Smart LED streetlights developed by GE and ShotSpotter will be able to detect gunshots and aid police in solving crimes. (All images courtesy of GE)

How It Will Work

Communities most affected by gunfire are least likely to call it in.  It is estimated that 1 in 10 shooting incidents are reported to 9-1-1*, and when calls do come in, the information is often inaccurate. 

Through its proprietary acoustic sensors and enterprise-grade software, ShotSpotter detects and locates gunfire in real time. Alerts are then broadcast to 9-1-1 dispatch centers, patrol cars and even smart phones, with the precise location, number of rounds fired, multiple or single shooters, and other valuable situational intelligence. These alerts enable first responders to get on scene quickly and safely in order to aid victims, collect evidence and quickly apprehend offenders.

Smart LED streetlights.

ShotSpotter is already driving meaningful outcomes in cities today. Embedding the technology in GE's Intelligent Environments for Cities solution will take its benefits one step further by building into a city's existing infrastructure and by leveraging the GE Predix cloud. With ShotSpotter sensors embedded into lighting fixtures throughout a city, much broader coverage areas will be available on a cost-affordable basis.

"We've entered an era where lighting is so much more than illumination," says Rick Freeman, Global Product General Manager, Intelligent Devices, GE Lighting. "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." 

"ShotSpotter is a proven tool in helping cities across the country address chronic gun violence issues," says Ralph A. Clark, President and CEO of SST, Inc. "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."

Additional Intelligent Environments for Cities Benefits

In addition to the MOU with ShotSpotter, the future potential opportunities within GE's Intelligent Environments for Cities solution are nearly endless. For instance, parking downtown may be a pain, but not in the intelligent city of the future. Networked LED street lights will have the ability to direct drivers to available spaces with the help of built-in sensors and wireless transceivers. The same streetlight could serve as a sensor and give warnings in the event of severe weather or other event or help manage traffic and offer residents a faster route home. 

To learn more about GE Lighting's Intelligent Environments for Cities solution, visit www.gelighting.com/intelligentcities. To learn more about ShotSpotter, visit www.shotspotter.com.

* 2013 SST Inc., National Gunfire Index

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