Carnegie Mellon System Locates Shooters Using Smartphone Video

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December 17, 2019 | Originally published by Date Line: December 17 on

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a system that can accurately locate a shooter based on video recordings from as few as three smartphones.

When demonstrated using three video recordings from the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead and hundreds wounded, the system correctly estimated the shooter”s actual location – the north wing of the Mandalay Bay hotel. The estimate was based on three gunshots fired within the first minute of what would be a prolonged massacre.

Alexander Hauptmann, research professor in CMU”s Language Technologies Institute, said the system, called Video Event Reconstruction and Analysis (VERA), won”t necessarily replace the commercial microphone arrays for locating shooters that public safety officials already use, although it may be a useful supplement for public safety when commercial arrays aren”t available.

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