A citywide gunshot detection system will be installed next week in Wichita, the mayor says.
Thirteen acoustic sensors will be installed in undisclosed locations across the city. The locations were chosen based on crime data collected over the past three years and requests from residents in the selected areas.
The sensors can pinpoint gunfire within an area of one square mile. Once a gunshot is detected, the time, date and direction of the gunfire will be transmitted, within seconds, to Sedgwick County 911. Officers will then be sent to the location.
The artificial intelligence in the sensors will be able to tell the difference between a gunshot, a firework or a car backfiring.
This is a one-year pilot program expected which will consist of several phases. The current cost is $5,800 which will be funded through the Community Safety grant.
Mayor Jeff Longwell made the announcement on Dec. 7.
He said Wichita is the first city in the world to use this particular system.