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January 20, 2022 | Tom Ballard

Vanderbilt-developed gunshot detection technology leads to arrest in fatal shooting

Gunshot detection technology developed by Vanderbilt University engineers and commercialized by a longtime research partner recently helped lead to an arrest in a fatal shooting in Las Vegas.

Within seconds of the first shot in late August 2021, 16 sensors located along the Freemont Street Experience pedestrian mall provided the precise location and video captured immediately before and after the shooting. The data led to the identification and eventual arrest of the suspect.

Such a success story is gratifying to Janos Sallai, an early developer of the technology and now Chief Technology Officer at Databuoy Corporation, the company that licensed and commercialized it. Databuoy began working with Vanderbilt on the technology, which began as a Department of Defense-funded project in 2006.

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