Police in India issue tender for biometric weapons safety system as report forecasts smart gun market
Indian Police in the restive Jammu and Kashmir area will acquire biometric Weapon Safety and Tracking Systems (WSTS) to track stolen weapons and prevent militants from snatching them in the first place, the Deccan Herald reports.
A tender was floated by police following a series of gun-snatching incidents, as well as the desertion of police officers with their weapons. Nearly 200 weapons, including AK-47s, have fallen into the hands of militants since 2016, according to the report.
The WSTS will have fingerprint and palm print scanners built into the grip that operate trigger locks, preventing weapons that are stolen from being used. The devices can only be removed with biometric authorization of the enrolled user.
The system also includes GPS tracking to enable them to be traced quickly. An officer told the Herald that trials of the system had been successful, and it works with all networks, including 2G networks still relied on in some areas.
The smart gun market is examined in a new report from HTF Market Intelligence. The 95-page “Global Smart Gun Market Research Report 2020” covers manufacturers including Identilock, TriggerSmart Technologies and Biofire Technologies.
The segments the report breaks the market down into are “biometrics,” “RFID,” and “other.”