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Gunshot Detection System Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Installation (Fixed Installation, Soldier Mounted, and Vehicle Installation), By Application (Commercial and Defense), By System (Indoor and Outdoor), and Regional Forecast, 2021-2028

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The global gunshot detection system market size was USD 673.9 million in 2020 and is projected to grow from USD 697.5 million in 2021 to USD 1,408.3 million in 2028 at a CAGR of 10.56% in the 2021-2028 period. The rise in CAGR is attributable to this market’s demand and growth, returning to pre-pandemic levels once the pandemic is over. The global impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented and staggering, with gunshot detection systems witnessing a negative impact on demand across all regions amid the pandemic. Based on our analysis, the global market exhibited a lower growth of -7.03% in 2020 compared to the average year-on-year growth during 2017-2019.


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The gunshot detection system (GDS) is used to detect and provide the location of a source with the help of multiple sensors. These systems are used by the military, security, and law enforcement agencies to identify the source, the direction of the gun firing, and the weapon fire type. They consist of IP surveillance cameras and different types of sensors. The sensors are installed in indoor or outdoor locations. An increasing focus on the development of smart cities and the surging number of shooting incidents would drive the market's growth. In November 2019, ShotSpotter, Inc. signed a three-year contract worth USD 4.27 million with Puerto Rico to deploy gunshot detection technology in the portions of the capital San Juan and neighboring municipalities of Trujillo Alto and Bayamon.

Defense Industry Has Faced Unmatched Challenges Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Due to the lockdown in major countries such as the U.S., France, Germany, China, India, and Japan, there was a huge impact on the defense industry, which further resulted in a production halt and delayed product deliveries. ShotSpotter, Inc., an acoustic gunshot detection company, put in place a mandatory and complete travel ban during the pandemic. The travel ban suspends all installation and project management activities. It resulted in delayed installation projects that were planned in March and April. Furthermore, due to these travel restrictions, scheduled deployments were delayed at the request of customers as they were dealing with their response to the pandemic.


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Adoption of Advanced Infrared and Sound Detection Technologies is a Prominent Trend

Nowadays, GDS manufacturers primarily focus on the introduction of the latest technologies to detect real-time sound. SAFE ZONE TECHNOLOGIES, INC. developed a gunfire detector that combines advanced infrared and sound detection technologies. It can analyze more than 3,000 data points of each loud noise that exceeds a certain threshold and provides real-time cloud-based data analysis. Through the collected data, the system detects the number of shots, the location of shots fired, and the type of gun used.


Rising Number of Shooting Incidents, especially in the U.S. to Boost Market Growth

There is a continuous increase in the number of mass shooting incidents in public places. According to the Gun Violence Research Group in the U.S., there were the highest number of mass shooting incidents in the U.S. in 2019. According to the data released by Gun Violence Archive (GVA), the U.S. has witnessed 417 mass shootings in 2019. Thirty-one out of those shootings were mass murders.

These systems are effective when deployed indoors or outdoors in high-crime areas to reduce the risk of collateral damage. Gunshot detectors, when properly integrated with building systems, resulting in a lockdown of the facility to delay or deter the entrance of the shooter and save lives. Thus, these factors would drive the growth of the market.

Increasing Use of Gunshot Detection Systems by Law Enforcement Agencies to Propel Growth

Nowadays, the growing demand for gunshot detection systems is due to their applications in law enforcement, security agencies, and defense forces. The system detects and analyzes data in real time and provides it to the police department. In June 2020, ShotSpotter, Inc. signed a contract worth USD 2.5 million given by the Sacramento City Council for gunshot detection technology. It will allow the Sacramento Police Department to continue detecting gunshots at three undisclosed locations through 2025. Furthermore, in February 2018, the city of Chicago signed a three-year contract worth USD 23 million with ShotSpotter, Inc. to track gunshots across 100 square miles. Thus, the increasing use of these systems is set to accelerate market growth.


High Cost Associated with Installation and Configuration Complications May Hamper Growth

Gunshot detection systems are highly expensive for installation and integration. The system consists of multiple hardware components such as sensors, power sources, cameras, Ethernet data cables, and others to each detector with Power over Ethernet (PoE) switches connecting the on-site server. Thus, the installation process demands high labor and material costs. Furthermore, there are significant complications of configuration and connectivity issues with the existing corporate networks. Thus, these factors may hamper the growth of the market.


By Installation Analysis

Vehicle Installation Segment Held Highest Share in 2020 Due to Increasing Demand for Next-generation Armored Vehicles

Based on the installation, the market is segmented into fixed installation, vehicle installation, and soldier-mounted installation. The vehicle installation segment held the highest share in 2020. The increasing demand for armored vehicles equipped with advanced systems and surging defense expenditure from most countries would drive the growth of this segment. The fixed installation segment is estimated to grow with the highest CAGR during 2021-2028. The growth is attributed to the rising mass shooting incidents in public places, increasing crime rate, and spurring security concerns in schools. In August 2019, for instance, 23 people were killed in a mass shooting incident in a Walmart store in Texas.

By Application Analysis

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Commercial Segment to Grow Rapidly Propelled by Development of Smart Cities and GDS Installations at Public Places

Based on the application, the market is classified into commercial and defense. The defense segment is estimated to be the largest in 2020. The system is used in the defense sector to detect locations of firing from large weapons. It involves installing armored vehicles, military bases, border crossings, soldier wearables, and others. Thus, the rising demand for advanced GDS would boost the segment’s growth.

The commercial segment will showcase the highest growth during 2021-2028 owing to the increasing security concerns, as well as rising shooting incidents at schools, malls, and other public places. Furthermore, the surging focus on the development of smart cities would boost the segment’s growth during the forecast period. Various law enforcement and other security agencies installed GDS in cities to reduce crime and improve security. In September 2018, ShotSpotter Inc. signed a contract worth USD 23 million with the police department of Chicago to track gunshots across 100 square miles.

By System Analysis

The outdoor Segment Will Showcase Highest Growth Due to Rising Demand for Long Range GDS

Based on the system, the market is divided into indoor and outdoor. The outdoor segment is anticipated to be the largest in 2020, and it is likely to continue its dominance during the forecast period. The growth is due to the extended coverage area and higher accuracy. ShotSpotter, Inc.’s system, for instance, is installed in more than 100 cities in the U.S. As per the data shown by ShotSpotter’s National Gunfire Index, there were 86,665 incidents of gunfire in 87 cities in 2017.

The indoor segment is anticipated to show a significant CAGR during 2021-2028. The growth is attributed to the increasing crime rates leading to GDS installations at malls, schools, and other organizations. In August 2019, the Denver-area school district planned to install an indoor shooter detection system at its five school campuses.


North America Gunshot Detection System Market Size, 2020 (USD Million)

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The global gunshot detection system market is segmented based on regions, namely, North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the rest of the world.

North America dominated the market in 2020. Its market size stood at USD 248.3 million in 2020. The growth is attributed to the increasing mass shooting incidence, rising security concerns, and up surging installation by law enforcement agencies. The presence of key players such as ShotSpotter Inc., Raytheon Company, QinetiQ, and others would also boost the market growth across the region.

Asia-Pacific will showcase remarkable growth during the forecast period. The growth is due to the increasing number of smart city projects, especially in India and other Asian countries. Rapid urbanization, expansion of military forces, and rising defense expenditure would also propel the market's growth.

Europe is anticipated to show significant growth owing to the presence of key players such as ACOEM Group, Thales Group, Rheinmetall AG, and others. An increasing number of contracts between GDS original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and security agencies across Europe would boost market growth. In April 2018, Thales Group, for instance, signed a contract worth USD 5.21 million with General Dynamics Corporation for the installation of its acoustic sensor, a vehicle-mounted acoustic shot detection system.

The market growth in the rest of the world is accredited to the increasing demand for commercial and defense applications. The rising use of GDS from law enforcement and homeland security agencies in Middle Eastern countries would drive the market's growth during 2021-2028.


Key Players to Majorly Focus on Business Expansion through Merger & Acquisitions, Contracts, and Agreements

Key companies in the market are majorly focusing on business expansion through new contracts, adoption of the latest technology, mergers & acquisitions, and others. In April 2018, STANLEY Convergent Security Solutions, Inc., a global security solutions provider, entered into a partnership with Shooter Detection Systems LLC. (SDS), a gunshot detection solutions company. Furthermore, in December 2020, Alarm.com completed the acquisition of Shooter Detection Systems. The acquisition would expand the portfolio of commercial solutions offered by Alarm.com and would also help its customers to gain an advanced gunshot detection solution.


  • ACOEM Group (France)

  • Databuoy Corporation (The U.S.)

  • IAI (Israel)

  • Louroe Electronics (The U.S.)

  • QinetiQ (The U.S.)

  • Raytheon Company, a Raytheon Technologies company (The U.S.)

  • Rheinmetall AG (Germany)

  • Safety Dynamics, Inc. (The U.S.)

  • ShotSpotter Inc. (The U.S.)

  • Thales Group (France)

  • Tracer Technology Systems, Inc. (The U.S.)


  • July 2021 – ShotSpotter Inc. had announced that it will open a Washington D.C.-based satellite office. This satellite office will be equipped with Incident Review Center to facilitate gunshot detection for law enforcement agencies and other retail & commercial consumers across the U.S., Caribbean, South Africa.

  • March 2021 – ShotSpotter Inc. has made the announcement to unveil the ShotSpotter SiteSecure for malls and retail franchises to provide outdoor gunfire detection. ShotSpotter SiteSecure alarms the retail security personnel within seconds of shooting occurrence around the vicinity of the retail store and protects the retail store staffers via quicker response from law enforcement and medical first responders.

  • July 2021 – ACOEM Group has announced the appointment of GISCAD (Geomática & Engenharia Lda) as a new distributor for its Portugal-based ACOEM noise & vibration measurement solutions business for commercial and law enforcement agencies.

  • December 2020 – ShotSpotter Inc. had unveiled ShotSpotter Insight, a new gunshot incident review and analytics tool to the law enforcement agencies, crime analysts, investigators, and command staff with all historical gunfire incidents and helps in uncovering important shooting patterns and details.


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The gunshot detection system market report provides in-depth analysis of the market and focuses on key aspects such as prominent players, installation, applications, and systems. Moreover, it offers insights into the parent market, qualitative and quantitative data, global gunshot detection systems market trends, company profiles, and competitive landscape, and highlights key industry developments. In addition to the factors mentioned above, the market research report encompasses several direct and indirect factors that have contributed to the sizing of the global market over recent years.

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   Installation; Application; System and Geography

By Installation

  • Fixed Installation

  • Soldier Mounted

  • Vehicle Installation

By Application

  • Commercial

  • Defense


By System

  • Indoor

  • Outdoor

By Geography


  • North America (By Installation, Application, System, and Country)

    • The U.S.

    • Canada

  • Europe (By Installation, Application, System, and Country)

    • The U.K.

    • Germany

    • France

    • Russia

    • Rest of Europe

  • Asia-Pacific (By Installation, Application, System, and Country)

    • China

    • India

    • Japan

    • Australia

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific

  • Rest of the World (By Installation, Application, System, and Sub-Region)

    • The Middle East & Africa

    • Latin America



Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 673.9 million in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 1,408.3 million by 2028.

Registering a CAGR of 10.56%, the market will exhibit steady growth in the forecast period (2021-2028).

The defense segment is expected to lead this market during the forecast period owing to the increasing demand from defense forces.

Thales Group is the leading player in the global market.

North America dominated the market in terms of share in 2020.

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