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On Wednesday, Dayton city commissioners will vote on a $205,000 service agreement with ShotSpotter for a subscription-based gunshot-detection system.
The police department proposes installing an acoustic surveillance system that uses 15 to 25 audio sensors per square mile. The contracts states the designated coverage area will be at least three square miles.
If the agreement is approved, ShotSpotter will install the acoustic equipment and will monitor the city’s system 24/7 to review and confirm suspected gunshots before alerting police.
ShotSpotter says it will identify the location of gunshots in the surveillance area within about 82 feet.
Company staff would then notify police dispatch system’s mobile data computers and smartphones within 30 to 60 seconds of detecting gunfire.
The company says the alerts will show a precise dot on a map with the actual recording of the gunfire.
ShotSpotter technology is used in more than 90 U.S. cities.
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