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City of Ammon wins gunshot detection competition

The city of Ammon has won an award for its gunshot detection system.

The ‘School Emergency Screencast Application’ was announced today as the winner in the National Institute of Justice’s Ultra High Speed Apps: Using Current Technology to Improve Criminal Justice Operations Challenge.

The application uses a school’s existing camera systems, ultra high speed bandwidth internet and gunshot detection hardmare to report gunshot fire and provide a live video feed of the incident to responders. The system is currently installed at Sand Creek junior high school. For winning the competition the city will be awarded $75,0000 and they will split the money with the county and School District 93.

“We committed to sharing the award money, so we’ll share that reward money with the county, and with the school district,” says Bruce Patterson, City of Ammon Technology Director. “The intention is that we will take that money and complete
The process of turning this into a production system.”

The gunshot detection system is currently operating at seventy-five percent.
The city plans to use the award money to complete the system at sand creek, making it one hundred percent operational.

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