Mapping the Scene of a Shooting With ShotSpotter

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Nov. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Ralph Clark, CEO of ShotSpotter, discusses the development of gunfire detection technology with Cory Johnson on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West." (Source: Bloomberg)

Clark, who you just saw.

Good to see you again.

This issue of school gun violence is hard for me to get my head around.

I can't tell how big of a problem it is.

It is obviously shocking.

When you come up with a new product, what is it trying to do?

It addresses the new normal, the active shooter scenario, we are increasingly seeing in many schools and public spaces.

The fundamental problem with the active shooter scenario it is often three to five minutes before the first calls are made.

After the shooter has engaged.

So it complicated -- it complicates the tactical response.

Experts say minutes do matter with respect to saving lives.

Even the first hours, i am thinking of the shopping mall in kenya.

When there are situations like that when they do not know where the shooters are or how many there are, do you have any idea, you have probably done the work to figure out how much the problem gets in the second half- hour hour.

No question.

The average scenario can last 10 minutes long.

It has always been understood the longer the shooter can engage in his act of shooting incident, he can effectively kill more people and injure more people.

A very quick response and precise response is critical for law enforcement to be able to engage that active shooter and eliminate his killing ability.

How does it work?

We have taken a lot of the silence -- the science we have created and made it work in an indoor environment.

We had to significantly cost reduce our sensors.

We had to get to a form factor that would fit inside of a classroom or an office.

Your sensors are on top of, you did not want to show it in the piece we did, you did not want to figure out where they are, essentially they are on light poles or so on.

Sure, our traditional outdoor capability is outdoors, on top of rooftops.

We like it to be about 30 feet in the air.

It can sit in the middle of rooftops.

It does not require line of site.

The indoor sensor is different.

We have to have it in an office or a building or in a common area.

They are going to be much more visible.

They do not have to triangulation the weight the outdoor sensors do.

They are based on proximity.

Something called proximity mode.

Each sensor has a specific location.

If a gunshot happens in that room or classroom, the sensor will basically activate and communicate that alert through the outdoor sensor which uses its medications capability to send the alert back to our incident review center where an experts will make sure it was a gunshot before pushing the media alert to law enforcement.

In the case of shotspotter, it is a law-enforcement product.

That connection is easy.

If a school has it, do you have to make a separate connection to say we are installing this thing?

We will alert you if there is an incident?

The beauty of our system is we are well known in law enforcement.

We are in almost 80 cities.

When we deploy this technology in a school, we will open up a channel to directly to a law enforcement energy -- agency that can interact or engage the active shooter.

That alert can also go to mass notification systems that a school or campus might have to be able to direct people in certain areas in order to protect them.

Really quick, 10 seconds, has the business of spending exploded?

We don't know yet.

We are very early in the cycle.

We started about a year ago.

Our expectation it is going to be a significant business.

Thank you very much.

The bwest right, one number, jon

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