ShotSpotter said in a press release that Israel may soon have drones that fly to locations where gunshots are detected. The US-based company already creates a controversial product that uses acoustic sensors to detect gun shots and alert police, and now it is teaming up with a company called Airobotics to create drones that respond to disturbances.
The CEO of Airobotics stated in a December press release that they believe that integrating with ShotSpotter will provide a better technological solution for dealing with gunfire crime in Israel. This partnership is part of the company's strategy to expand the scope of its activities by providing solutions for emergency response, security, and flight in urban areas.
Critics of the concept. Denver police can't prove that ShotSpotter reduces gun violence, as reported by Axios just days ago. The ShotSpotter alert in Denver went up by 25 percent in the year after that, but the number of arrests went down. Denver is not the only city to have problems with the tech, as it has been deployed in more than 100 cities worldwide.
It is hard to imagine that putting this tech on a drone will solve the problems of less-than-ideal response and arrest numbers in Israel, a country with a lot of controversy of its own for human rights abuses.
Law enforcement technology can save lives, but only if it works in the first place. The outlook is worse if faulty tech falls into the wrong hands.
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