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Elbit Systems unveils May gunshot detection system

22 June 2018

Elbit Systems’ Elisra subsidiary has developed a new wide-area acoustic sensing device called May.

The system works with an autonomous network of static sensors that provides detection, classification, and geo-location of acoustic events such as gunshots, artillery fire, or explosions.

A screenshot of a May gunshot detection with a live video feed integrated with the C2 system and cued on the event. The yellow icons are sensor locations and the red one is the location of the gunshot. (Elbit Systems)A screenshot of a May gunshot detection with a live video feed integrated with the C2 system and cued on the event. The yellow icons are sensor locations and the red one is the location of the gunshot. (Elbit Systems)

It can also discern events that would be of more interest to law enforcement agencies, such as shouting and screaming.

Hadar Halili, marketing and sales director, land electronic warfare for Elisra told Jane’s that May is first of a family of products of its acoustic capability programme to be brought to the market. According to Halili, the technology had been in development for several years as a private venture.

Halili said that the system is equipped with a complex set of algorithms that eliminate false alarms and locations due to echo or reflection, a feature that makes it suited for urban environments. It can be used to cue security cameras or other surveillance devices and could be used as a complementary capability to signals intelligence systems.

Network communications are usually provided through an integral cellular or wireless network, but wired connections are an option. The system is also suitable for border coverage.

May is based on an open architecture and has been successfully integrated with command and control systems, although Halili was unable to provide details.

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