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Global Statistics Representing Gunshot Detection System Market Scenario

Gunshot detection systems detect and convey the location of a gunshot source using an array of sensors that are placed in the coverage area. These systems are often used by militaries and law enforcement and security agencies to identify the direction of gunfire, and the source and type of weapon fired. They provide the situational awareness necessary to respond instantly and accurately to hostile attacks to better protect the public from snipers and other gunfire threats. In addition, such systems also have military applications where they could allow soldiers on the battlefield to not only detect but also localize enemy fire.

Rising demand for advanced security systems is a key driver for the gunshot detection system market. Gunfire in cities is a significant challenge to public safety, tackled by law enforcement agencies, ambulances, and other first-responding personnel. According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, 2004, nearly 81 people per day die as a result of gunshots in the U.S., i.e. one every eighteen minutes. Therefore, to offer advanced security systems and enhance public security, demand gunshot detection systems have been witnessing steady growth in demand. In militaries, these systems are installed on armoured vehicles, soldier armor, border crossings and military installations on buildings and bases.

Law enforcement agencies and militaries are focusing on protecting the public, capturing criminals and collecting forensic evidence for investigations; thus, gunshot detection systems are expected to witness large-scale adoption in these sectors. Law enforcement agencies have been deploying gunshot detection systems to reduce the use of illegal firearms in high-crime urban areas and subsequently, obtain better real-time geospatial information on gunshots in public spaces. So far, this technology has found adoption in more than 90 cities, including New York, Milwaukee, and Miami.

In addition, installation of gunshot detection systems as part of smart city projects is one of the fast-growing trends in the market. The Government of India is focusing on the development of 100 smart cities and has already allocated funds worth 98,000 crores (USD 980 billion) for the development of smart and safe cities. For instance, the crime rate of Surat, a city of India, has dropped down by 27% after the installation AI-based safety measures.

The global gunshot detection system market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 16.3% and reach a value of USD 4.3 billion by 2026.

Segmental Insight

The global gunshot detection system market has been segmented on the basis of installation type, system type, and application.

On the basis of installation, the gunshot detection system market has been segmented into indoor and outdoor. The outdoor segment holds the largest mark share and is expected to remain dominant throughout the forecast period (–2026).

Based on system type, the market has been segmented into fixed systems, vehicle-mounted systems, and portable systems. Fixed installations are carried out at a specific height from the ground. High-security areas such as restricted military infrastructures are potential fixed installation sites for gunshot detection systems.

On the basis application, the gunshot detection system market has been segmented into homeland and defense. The homeland security segment is expected to register the highest CAGR, due to the increasing installation of these systems at educational institutions to provide real-time updates on shooting events to security personnel, along with individuals inside these places on their electronic communication devices.

Regional Analysis

Geographically, the global gunshot detection system market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America and the Middle East & Africa (LAMEA).

North America is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period due to the significant adoption of these systems in the military and defense sectors. Also, several major cities in the U.S. are planning to install gunshot detection systems at corporate office locations and financial offices during the forecast period. For instance, according to a study published in the Paediatrics July 2017, nearly 1300 children die, and 5790 are treated for gunshot wounds each year in the U.S.

Europe is pegged to be the fastest growing region in the gunshot security system market due to the increasing use of these systems in various industry verticals. Technological improvement and growing security concern are further driving the European gunshot detection system market. Shooter Detection System LLC (SDS), announced in April 2018, that after testing, the Guardian Indoor Active Shooter Detection System has been approved by the U.K. Government Authority to protect the country’s national infrastructure.

The Asia Pacific is expected to hold a sizable market share during the forecast period, driven by growth in countries such as China, India and Southeast Asia. Development of smart city projects in this region has been driving market growth to quite an extent. Thailand has the highest reported rate of gun-related deaths in Asia Pacific. As per a study by the U.S. network of public radio broadcasters, the violent gun death rate in Thailand is more than twice that of the U.S. According to estimations of the country’s Interior Ministry, there are approximately 6 million registered guns in Thailand, against a population of 67 million. Thus, Thailand presents vast opportunities for the gunshot detection system market in Asia Pacific.

The LEMEA region has been registering a prominent shift towards safe cities, which has been creating an opportunity for gunshot detection systems in the region. South Africa has the highest rate of murders in the world; the region recorded a staggering 20,336 murders between April 2017 and March 2018.  Therefore, the South African government has implemented the "ShotSpotter" audio technology, which is also being used to fight wildlife poaching on the other end of the country in Kruger National Park.

Key Players

ShotSpotter Inc. (U.S.), ACOEM Group (France), QinetiQ North America (Vencore) (U.S.), CILAS (ArianeGroup GmbH) (France), Databuoy Corporation (U.S.), Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (Israel), Information System Technologies Inc. (U.S.), Louroe Electronics (U.S.), Thales Group (France), and Shooter Detection System LLC (U.S.) are some of the noteworthy participants in the the gunshot detection system market.

In March 2018, Thales collaborated with General Dynamics Land Systems-UK and introduced a new acoustic shot detection system to protect Ajax vehicles. Under this contract, 735 Acusonic systems are now on order for integration onto Ajax.

Global Gunshot Detection System Market Segmentation

By Type

  • Fixed Systems
  • Vehicle Mounted Systems
  • Portable Systems

By Installation

  • Indoor
  • Outdoor

 By Application

  • Homeland
  • Defense

By Geography

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • LAMEA

Why Buy This Report?

With the increasing incidences of open firing at colleges, banks, schools, and other public places, the gunshot detection system market are slated to witness strong growth in years to come with increasing installations at several public areas. For instance, a gunshot detection system is installed in the entrance area of the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco.

This report offers key insights pertaining to the gunshot detection system market with emphasis on recent developments across geographies and development strategies adopted by prominent market participants. The following sections have specifically been covered in the report.

  • Definitive Market Data
  • Gunshot Detection System Market Analysis
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Recent Opportunities in the Market
  • 6-7 Year Performance Forecasts: Major Segments by Type, Installation Mode, Application, and Geography
  • Market Share Analysis
  • Potential Venture Avenues


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