Trigger Tracker: New Watchdog Device Squeals on Pigs for Using Their Weapons


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While the trigger-happy pukes of the American drug war beat down the doors of innocent citizens, armed to the teeth and prepared to rain down hell on any man, woman or child who stands in their way of busting petty drug offenders, one California tech firm hopes to prevent this brutality with a new watchdog device aimed at monitoring the psychopaths in blue.

Perhaps the most interesting development in the war against prohibition is equipment that will track the activity of an officer’s firearm. California-based Yardarm Technologies could be the first to bring this idea to the marketplace with a real-time sensor that alerts dispatchers each time an officer removes his gun from the holster and then again, once it has been discharged. Even more impressive is the device’s ability to track the location from where the weapon was fired as well as its trajectory, making it virtually impossible for crooked cops to fabricate the details of a shooting.
“The Yardarm solution gives law enforcement, private security, and the military the capability to track and monitor their organization’s firearms in real-time, connecting them to computer aided dispatch (CAD) centers, real-time crime centers (RTCC), or edge devices such as smartphones, tablets, or laptops,” according to the company’s website.
This equipment has the capacity to save thousands of lives by holding police officers and SWAT teams accountable for their brutal actions, which is exactly why law enforcement agencies are scared to death that this technological advancement in public safety will actually see the light of day. “That’s the worst nightmare for any police officer in the field,” said Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak in a recent interview with The Associated Press.
Yardarm Technologies vice president of marketing, Jim Schaff says the device consists of a small sensor, approximately the weight of a bullet, which fits inside the grip of an officer’s gun. “It’s the same kind of sensor your iPhone uses to change the screen from vertical to horizontal when you turn the phone to the side,” he explained. “But ours is way more powerful.”
Once the sensor is installed into the back of the firearm, an honest officer will forget it is there, clarifies Schaff, who believes police agencies across the nation will begin implementing this technology in 2015.
However, some officers are concerned that installing a communicative device inside their firearm will make it susceptible to hackers who could using a remote signal to fire their weapon. Yet, the company says that is impossible, since the device has no control over the weapon. It is simply a real-time tattletale device designed to divulge the actual truth behind shooting incidents.
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