In June, mayor Ed Murray announced that Seattle wants to launch a pilot program in the Rainier Valley and Central District (both hot spots for gun violence in 2015) using acoustic gunshot-locator technology that could help police respond more quickly to shots fired. He didn’t specify where he’d get that tech, but the city has courted a company called ShotSpotter in the past. Here’s what they do—and what they’re up against. 

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