‘Smart Guns’: Do any of the following come to mind?
- I don’t want the gov’t to jam my gun.
- I don’t want the gov’t to track my gun’s location.
- I don’t want the gov’t to map out which house has a gun.
- I don’t want the gov’t to tell me what to put on my gun.
Congratulations! You are a part of a much bigger club. The problem though is that many of these concerns reflect a specific type of technology and not the entire smart gun industry.
Wait a minute. I did it again. I used that term ‘smart gun’ so before I continue let me express my distaste for that term. There is nothing smart about a gun nor should there be. It is a poorly used term that happened to catch on.
Not only is the technology different but the intended purpose and capability is different as well. For example, the recent watch/gun iP1 release from Armatix is completely different than let’s say fingerprint authentication technology being developed by Safe Gun Technology, Inc.
Armatix’s design requires a gun owner to enter a 5 digit PIN into the watch which then sends an encrypted signal to the gun. Assuming the gun is within range of the watch then it will authorize the gun to fire. The two items must be paired together.
What application is that good for? Not Home Defense. Many home owners already keep items separated such as a key separated from the gun and lock OR the gun separated from the ammo. Gun owners have already expressed frustration with the idea of added steps in a crisis situation. Using the Armatix solution in a Home Defense scenario, the gun owner has to find his/ her watch (I don’t wear mine to bed; actually I don’t wear a watch at all anymore), then enter the PIN, and then put the gun into action IN THAT ORDER. I don’t think there is a major difference between this solution and the gun separated from the ammo solution. Some of you might disagree.
Compare that same solution to a fingerprint authentication method. The gun owner only needs to grab the gun as he/ she normally would. The fingerprint scanner will scan and authorize the owner as it is located on the pistol grip along the natural grip line. The scanning has to be done prior to unlocking BUT it is happening as soon as you grab the gun. Of course, a child will not be able to fire the fingerprint unless the gun owner authorizes his/her fingerprint.
We do believe a silent majority of gun owners want an added layer of security in their home without having to make their gun less accessible. With SGTi they can continue to have the same ready access they had before but add to that a big layer of security. That’s Peace of Mind.