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Shotspotter

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Another case of big data being used by law enforcement is ShotSpotter, which makes use of data gathered by acoustic sensors placed in neighborhoods with the aim of picking up, and locating, gunfire. More than 70 U.S. cities use the tool. ShotSpotter staff in Mountain View monitor data for gunshots, and pass the location information to police who can be on the scene quickly.

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