BRAZIL: Sounds, Technology Against Crime

BRAZIL: Sounds, Technology Against Crime

By Dialogo
April 01, 2011

I am really glad to know that this type of technology is being implemented in these countries where so much violence is reported but, I would like that the competent authorities from my country the Dominican Republic were more interested in installing this type of technology because here many lost bullets are taking the lives of innocent people especially girls. Thank you for your very interesting and articulate publication

Brazilian police forces are using a new tool to respond to gunshots in urban areas — Shotspotter. The Shotspotter system uses a network of sensors on rooftops and telephone poles. These receptors send the location signal to a central computer that maps the exact location. The system also records the sound of the gunshot within a 3.2 square kilometer area. Real-time information provided by the system allows police forces to locate and respond quickly to incidents, while the collection of historical data tracks crime trends.

The system is installed in Canoas, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, and Rio de Janeiro. More are likely to be installed as security measures for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. Other nations in Latin America such as Mexico and Panama have the system in place, with the government of Panama investing $4 million in the crime-deterring technology. Soon, Colombia will also install the system in key areas.
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