Police copters in Israel will instantly fly out to the sound of gunshots
The Israeli drone manufacturing company Airobotics has begun adapting the American ShotSpotter security system to local realities by integrating flying robots into it. It is believed that this is the most optimal alternative to a police patrol by car or helicopter. The key parameter of the novelty is the response time to the sounds of shooting is measured in seconds.
The ShotSpotter system is built on a network of microphones that are placed in every city block and respond to “pulse” sounds. Based on the difference in the time of sound fixation by individual microphones, the system calculates the sound source with an accuracy of up to a meter using the triangulation method. The AI checks whether it looks like shots or calls for help, and gives a signal to the police.
ShotSpotter is successfully operated in 120 cities in the USA, as well as in South Africa and several Caribbean countries. But the system has a fundamental flaw – it takes time for a police officer to arrive, even if they know exactly where to go. The situation is slightly better with helicopter air patrols, but this service is very expensive.
Therefore, cheap flying drones from Airobotics should perfectly complement the system. They will also be located in every block, always have a fresh battery, and are able to get to the sound source in a few seconds. Drones carry cameras with which the operator will be able to monitor the situation and correct the actions of the police. It is assumed that such a system will be deployed in all cities of Israel.