The objective of the SGTi technology is to develop an integrated safety system for firearms. The system identifies the person holding the weapon and either arms the weapon if they are recognized as a pre-determined user, or keeps the weapon in safe mode and prevents them from firing the weapon.
Although mechanical systems have been designed that effectively lock a firearm unless a key or code is entered, the potential exists for an unauthorized user to gain access to a key or code and use the weapon. Also, in a situation where an authorized user needs to defend him/herself, the delay of inserting a key or entering a code is not practical.
SGTi has addressed both the need for this safety system and the shortcomings of traditional mechanical methods by adopting an electro-mechanical solution. The current system uses a biometric identification device (in this case, a fingerprint reader) that recognizes individual people based on physical characteristics unique to them. Once the individual has been “read”, the system will either deny use, or enable the weapon to fire if they are recognized as an authorized user.
Gun owners only need to handle the gun as they normally would to put it into action. The scanner is located along the natural grip line.
What Makes Us Different
As addressed by Smith and Wesson, “Most experts agree that smart guns of the future will have to be built in such a way that the technology that recognizes the authorized user will have to be part of the gun itself.” Unlike the wrist watch concept or the ring concept, SGTi technology cannot get lost or otherwise separated from the firearm rendering the competitive offering useless. Gun owners have told us that this solution must be fully integrated and embedded in the gun.
Further, we are designing and building an after market accessory that requires a gunsmith to professionally install. This approach allows gun owners to make a gun safety purchase not a new gun purchase. We often receive questions about the security of a retrofit kit approach. We do not believe in absolute rules. Mechanical guns fail and iPhones get hacked. We all know this so that is not the right question. We believe we can install enough security around the technology that if someone were to attempt to remove or defeat it they would need to visit a gunsmith in order to repair it.
Furthermore, additional technology development efforts are currently under way.