As part of a series of smart city initiatives, the metropolis of New York has built a gunshot monitoring system that uses acoustic fingerprinting technology to determine the location of gunfire.
The system plays an important role in crimefighting in the city, with its capability to accurately find the source of any gunshot within seconds, according to Digital Trends. When a firearm is discharged, a New York Police Department operator can use the system to review the acoustic fingerprint of the sound and eliminate the possibility that it was a similar-sounding noise, such as a fire cracker explosion or car-exhaust backfire.
As soon as the operator confirms the gunshot, police officers receive an alert on their mobile devices that shows where the shot originated. The NYPD has deployed the system in several parts of Brooklyn and the Bronx. City officials believe the fast performance of the system will improve the likelihood of apprehending suspects.
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