A Shot in the Dark?

Susan Hall

Silicon Valley startup ShotSpotter, which produces technology to pinpoint the source of gunfire, has found customers in 30 police jurisdictions and just raised $7.5 million in a new round of venture funding, reports The San Jose Mercury News.


It plans to use the new funding to develop international markets. The technology, which debuted in the mid-1990s, also is being tested in Iraq. It's been installed in gritty urban neighborhoods in Oakland and San Francisco and in East Palo Alto.


But according to a story in the York Daily Record, only 7 percent of noises detected by the technology in that Pennsylvania city have actually been gunshots, no suspects have been identified using the system, and police there aren't sure the system has produced any benefits since it was installed May 1.

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