With shooters who attacked a Silicon Valley power station last April at large and Congress increasing pressure on utilities to do more to protect such facilities, electricity companies are looking at a new security technology popular among urban police forces, reports the Los Angeles Times. ShotSpotter, sensors that can immediately track the location of gunfire within 10 meters, will be tested at unidentified two power stations. The ShotSpotter audio sensors can triangulate the sound of a gunshot to pinpoint its exact location and send an alert to law enforcement. The technology is used by police forces across the U.S.
The test run comes as the FBI remains baffled by the shooting at the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. power station near San Jose. The attack on the transformers caused considerable damage and came dangerously close to knocking out power in Silicon Valley. Energy experts, including the former chief of the Federal Regulatory Commission, have warned that the assault could have been a dress rehearsal for a larger attack on electricity infrastructure. A coordinated series of similar shootings, they say, has the potential to knock out power in a large part of the West for an extended time.