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YardArm is working with several police agencies in California and Texas, testing a mobile network-connected technology that sends signals when an officer unholsters and fires their weapon. The company originally developed a consumer technology that could monitor a weapon’s location – but didn’t find many interested customers. Instead, the company revamped and wanted to develop new solutions that could be used for potential police and military use.41177_01_police_officers_in_california_texas_testing_networked_guns

“You have a social demand for smart gun technology, but not necessarily a market demand,” said Jim Schaff, VP of marketing at YardArm. “As a consumer product, it’s going to be a long road.”

YardArm also is developing new methods to send wireless data of which direction a weapon is pointing, offering data that can be viewed via smartphone and fed to dispatch. If implemented, YardArm’s technology could help prevent public outrage – and clear officers of wrongdoing – when officers use their weapons accordingly.

Source: TweakTown.com

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