NYU Urban Seminar: Ralph Clark on ShotSpotter

February 23rd 2016

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On February 23rd, the Spring 2016 NYU Urban Seminar Series, co-hosted by the NYU Furman Center and Marron Institute, welcomed Ralph Clark, CEO of ShotSpotter. He led a discussion titled "Big Data, Focused Deterrence and Community Engagement: The Path to Impactful and Measurable Gun Violence Reduction."

ShotSpotter employs Internet of Things (IoT) technology using acoustic-based sensors combined with wireless networks and cloud-based computing to pinpoint the exact location of gunshots. These sensors are clandestinely placed in locations within an urban environment and calibrated to ignore ambient noise and specifically pick up the unique sound produced by a gun shot.

Clark discussed how the adoption of this technology by law enforcement agencies could help lower gun violence in urban areas and encourage better relationships between these agencies and the communities that they serve. 

The NYU Urban Seminar series is co-hosted by the NYU Furman Center and the Marron Institute. The speaker series is focused on research with implications for urban policy, and features a variety of researchers from across the U.S. discussing their work. The NYU Urban Seminar is open to the public; registration is required.

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