Internet-Connected Guns Are The Next Step For Data-Hungry Police

by Aaron Tilley | Forbes.com  |  published on October 27, 2014

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First dash cams came into police cruisers and now body cams on police officers are growing more popular. What’s next? Guns connected to the internet.

As more technology invades US police departments, that’s what Yardarm is banking on. The 10-person Capitola, CA-based startup makes a tiny piece of hardware police officers snap into the back of their guns that contains an industrial-grade accelerometer and a magnetometer. The device is able to track the location of the gun, whether the gun is holstered or not, when it’s loaded and when it’s fired. The company is also working on being able to tell which direction the gun is pointed.

All of this data coming off the sensors is connected to the police officer’s smarthphone via Bluetooth and that’s then being sent up to Yardarm’s servers. Once in the cloud, the information can be routed to the dispatcher’s software suite police departments have installed–companies such as Motorola, Intergraph and Harris make this kind of dispatcher software.

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