Police in California and Texas begin testing “networked firearms”
It looks like the American people have finally decided to use the abundance of technology at their disposal to actually hold police officers accountable for their actions. One example being this miniscule chip that serve’s one simple, but incredibly important purpose, to tell the police headquarters every time a police officer fires their weapon.
While it’s baffling that this hasn’t already happened, it’s better late than never. Technology such as this serves to benefit both police officers and civilians, as it has the potential to root out the types of cops that have poisoned the American people’s opinion of law enforcement, which not only protects civilians from abuse, it protects police officers from false accusations of abuse.
The chip is being developed by a California-based company by the name of YardArm, according to Gizmodo. The company is currently testing the technology in Santa Cruz, California and Carrollton, Texas as a way to track the firearm usage of police officers. No comprehensive list of police shootings exists at the moment, and while some agencies do self-report, those numbers are potentially unreliable, especially in police agencies that suffer from extensive corruption.
“You have a social demand for smart gun technology, but not necessarily a market demand,” says Jim Schaff, YardArm’s vice president of marketing, as quoted by MIT Technology Review. The company initially started by making consumer products for monitoring a firearm’s location, but considering how much gun owners object to regulatory technology such as that, it wasn’t very successful. “As a consumer product, it’s going to be a long road.”