• California startup unveils gun technology for cops
    San Antonio Express-News, 10/24/2014 - 12:50am

    A Silicon Valley startup has developed technology to let dispatchers know when a police officer's weapon has been fired. Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak, whose agency is among two testing the technology, said it will allow the sheriff's office to see whether deputies are in trouble and unable to ask for assistance. Yardarm was pursuing that technology and demonstrated it at a conference in Las Vegas last year, but it has since abandoned that effort, according to the Capitola, California,-based company's marketing vice president, Jim Schaff. Yardarm's system would have triggered an alarm on an owner's cellphone if a gun had been moved, and the owner would then have been able to hit a button to activate the safety and disable the weapon. Gun rights advocates have raised serious concerns that so-called smart gun technology could be used to limit their access to weapons.

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