January 3, 2022

7 Myths of Gunshot Detection

By Bridget Minner


As gunshot detection technology is being integrated into more and more cities across the U.S., many people are wondering what it is to begin with. Given that the technology didn’t start to make its way into civilian communities until the last 10 years, the curiosity is understandable. Based on the frequently asked questions we receive, we’re exploring what it is and what it is not by breaking down these 7 myths:

1. It’s recording everything you say.
Gunshot detection records audio, but it does not record human voices. It is designed to listen to acoustic soundwaves rather than the words you say. Listening to soundwaves helps sensors identify abnormalities in the environment they’re placed in such as the muzzle blast of a gunshot, projectile in motion, fireworks, and more.

2. Gunshot detection is 100% accurate 100% of the time.
As with any artificially intelligent system, gunshot detection alone will not get it right 100% of the time. However, quality technology and proper installation can produce results pretty close to perfect. Our solution leverages the power of video surveillance to verify gunshots, effectively increasing accuracy. Additionally, the AI in gunshot detection continuously learns from its environment over time. The more your system learns, the more accurate its detection abilities will become.

3. It’s too expensive.
Good news! It doesn’t have to be. Not anymore at least. Many of the gunshot detection systems available today are costly due to technology limitations. Such systems will often require that you purchase a higher number of sensors because each sensor only offers a small area of coverage. Small towns and big cities alike can be priced out depending on the size of the area that needs to be protected. The cost of these sensors is just one piece of the pie, as many gunshot detection providers require that you pay those annual service fees we mentioned. Luckily, ATD offers maximum protection with each individual sensor covering up to 500 feet. This means you can protect more area with fewer sensors signaling a win for your budget. Not to mention, solutions are customizable to fit cities and budgets of all sizes.

4. Effective gunshot detection requires multiple sensors for true triangulation.
A single ATD sensor triangulates, so you truly can purchase just one sensor if that is all that is needed to provide comprehensive coverage for the area you are trying to protect. We mean it when we say no solution is too small!

5. It won’t prevent crime.
The very sight of gunshot detection sensors can deter crime from occurring in the first place. However when crime does occur, early detection and footage enables first responders to receive real time forensic information. The quicker they are notified and informed of the pertinent information, the quicker they can deescalate the situation potentially resulting in saved lives. Gunshot detection can also be paired with supporting technologies to further aid in threat detection and crime prevention. Examples of such technologies include AI lighting solutions and lockdown technology.

6. You’ll have to pay annual fees.
While some gunshot detection systems come with steep annual fees, ours does not. There’s no catch either. You pay a one-time affordable price for your sensors and that’s it! We’ll continue to service your sensors free of charge.

7. Outdoor gunshot detection is less effective.
This is far from true when it comes to our technology. The AI in ATD is specially designed for outdoor applications. Our technology was used by the department of defense on the frontlines during global wars for more than 25 years. Its AI offers exceptional accuracy even in the noisiest places.

For more information on ATD and its roots, check out our recent blog.