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Posted: 8/17/2005 3:19:59 AM EDT

A New Way to Trace a Gunshot to Its Source

An acoustic sensor on a lamppost in East Orange, N.J., where the Police Department will start using the
sensors next week in an effort to combat gun violence.

EAST ORANGE, N.J., Aug. 16 - The sound of gunshots has become such a routine part of the urban cacophony here that the police say many residents do not even bother to call them anymore.

But starting next week, members of the East Orange Police Department will be able to "hear" the gunshots themselves through a network of high-tech acoustic detectors placed on utility poles and lampposts throughout the city. The system, which cost $300,000, can triangulate the location of gunfire within three to five seconds and relay the information to officers.

"We will be able to respond so much faster to gun violence, in some cases by several minutes," said Jose M. Cordero, the police director. "We needed to find new ways of policing. If we do not change, we are not going to win against crime."

The sensors, which have been used by the military since 1996 to pinpoint the location of snipers but have become available commercially only in the last year, may conjure up Orwellian visions of Big Brother eavesdropping on street-corner conversations. But Mr. Cordero said that the sensors can pick up only "specific acoustic vibrations" associated with gunfire and can distinguish between gunshots and firecrackers.

East Orange is one of five cities around the country that have installed the technology, said George Orrison, a spokesman for Security Technologies Planning Systems in Reston, Va., which makes the detection systems. The police in Austin, Tex., tested the system but decided against installing it. But the police in Newport News, Va., began using the acoustic detectors two weeks ago and were pleased...
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 3:24:50 AM EDT
old news

big brother is listening
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 3:35:57 AM EDT
You could print it up and make the super paper airplane.
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 3:36:07 AM EDT
it's a good thing, isn't it? they're using this technology in iraq right now to spot mortar fire.
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 3:41:31 AM EDT
I'm not sure if it is a good thing or not. Seems like we're treating the symptoms, rather than the illness itself.
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 3:49:12 AM EDT
well, yeah, that goes without saying but that's not a cop's job. his job is to respond to the scene of a crime as fast as possible to apprehend law breakers. this is only another tool in his tool chest.

you wanna treat the illness, you gotta go to your scumbag politicians.
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 3:59:34 AM EDT
Yep, and by the time the cops get there, the shooter is long gone.

Police Spokesman: "Well, we can tell you WHERE the shot was fired from, we just don't know WHERE the shooter is". Another attempt at making the sheeple feel safe, while having no real benefit.

Military application, great idea. Takes a little longer to haul ass with a mortar in hand, and the military has the tools that make a much bigger BOOM.
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 4:01:02 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/17/2005 4:09:19 AM EDT by senorFrog]

Not sure what to make of this

Actually, I guess it proves that gun control in NJ is NOT WORKING.

I knew something about it bothered me. Damm, needed that second cup of coffee this Am.
Link Posted: 8/17/2005 4:03:28 AM EDT
For what its worth, it may be a great help/tool by leading the authorities to the scene so evidence can be collected. If they are lucky, they may get the shooter too.

Link Posted: 8/17/2005 4:11:06 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Jynx:
For what its worth, it may be a great help/tool by leading the authorities to the scene so evidence can be collected. If they are lucky, they may get the shooter too.


In theory yes, In practice no. They already have, due to heavyily populated areas, that info. Look at how long a 911 responce takes. We've seen extreme examples posted here of home invasions, violent crimes, etc 4 hours plus wait. Why would they respond to this any faster?
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