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Genetec Inc has integrated ShotSpotter gunshot detection from SST Inc into its IP security platform, Security Center. Police and security departments will be able to receive more actionable information, when a gunshot situation occurs, the product companies say.

When emergency calls are made to report a gun shot, without knowing exactly where to respond, police can waste time and resources driving street by street looking for evidence. ShotSpotter uses wide-area acoustic surveillance that is automatically activated when gunfire occurs, providing outdoor coverage on campuses and in cities. ShotSpotter sensors and cloud-based analysis software triangulate and pinpoint the location of each round fired, within seconds the product firm says, the number of shots fired and provide a gunfire alert with audio clip. Detailed incident data is sent to SST’s Incident Review Center (IRC), a data processing and alert validation site, for analysis 24/7. Once validated, an alert is sent into Security Center, all in under a minute.

Damaune Journey, VP Security Solutions at SST, Inc said: “Detecting, precisely locating, and alerting police within seconds to gunfire is key information used by law enforcement and security personnel to more effectively protect and serve communities. Integrating the real-time gunshot data with the video capabilities provided by Genetec is a game-changer that enhances the information police receive, ultimately helping them solve crimes, deter future crimes, and make communities safer; which is a goal we all share.”

Once the alarm is triggered within Security Center upon gunshot detection, operators can access video and other related data surrounding the location of a gunshot alert, and visualize it on Security Center maps. Pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras are pointed at the gunshot location, and bookmarks are automatically created on the Security Center timeline. Operators can then follow active shooter events in real-time through the map interface and live video.

And Bob Carter, Business Development Manager at Genetec Inc said: “This integration is beneficial for many of our customers who require maximal awareness during emergency situations. Their security operators can now react faster to gunshot incidents and get access to video and metadata surrounding the event. We believe that this technology can greatly improve the safety of communities, and ultimately save lives.”


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