ShotSpotter: Public Safety, IoT, and Big Data
SST is a technology company that was formed to address a social problem: gun violence. SST is the global leader in gunfire detection and location technology. SST provides a scalable and reliable gunfire alert and analysis system, which is known as ShotSpotter. Gun violence is a problem in inner cities. As such, this service is most applicable to underserved communities. The company was founded in 1996 by an acoustic engineer who felt that sensors could detect gunfire. The ShotSpotter solution provides information to police departments in cities that have installed the technology to help them quickly respond to events where gun shots were fired. The case also highlights the Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data, given SST's use of sensors and data to solve the problem of gun violence.