Sniper Detection Technology to Reduce Gun Crime in UK

4 August 2008 (Last Updated August 4th, 2008 18:30)

British Police Forces are set to employ technology used by the US Army to detect snipers in warzones in an effort to combat gun crime on Britain's streets. GunShotLocating Ltd has partnered with US-based Gunshot Location System to introduce a technology called ShotSpotter to the UK.

British Police Forces are set to employ technology used by the US Army to detect snipers in warzones in an effort to combat gun crime on Britain's streets.

GunShotLocating Ltd has partnered with US-based Gunshot Location System to introduce a technology called ShotSpotter to the UK.

ShotSpotter uses a sophisticated network of microphones to identify the exact location from which gunfire originates.

Through the use of GPS, multiple sensors alert a 'bird's eye' video system to zoom in on the exact origin of the gunshot, giving police officers the information to react quickly and accurately to the situation.

The system, which is being used by the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan, was created in 1994 and is now in use across 29 cities in the US, including New York, Los Angeles and Washington DC.

By Daniel Garrun