Beretta PX4i Storm (i-Protect System)

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Beretta’s newest Law Enforcement pistol, unveiled at DSA ’14, is the Beretta PX4i Storm.  This pistol is a standard PX4 Storm that been wired with electronic sensors which can track when rounds are fired, how many rounds are in the magazine, the status of the safety and even if a round is in the chamber or if the hammer is cocked.

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All this information is collected and wirelessly transferred to a central control system that correlates it with other Beretta i-Protect sensor data. Biometric data is collected using the Beretta BZero, an undergarment that monitors heart rate, body position and breath rate. GPS location data can also be relayed using unspecified modules.

If a police officer removes his PX4i from its holster the iProtect system could, for example, automatically notify the police dispatch as well as other officers nearby and route them to assist the officer in trouble. This can all be done without the officer having to make a radio call. It can even detect if an officer is injured or killed and issue an appropriate alert.

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From the i-Protect press release …

From over 500 years Beretta delivers the best solutions for security operators worldwide. Our mission is to ensure people a better life by enabling police forces to operate safely and I-Protect is our breakthrough solution for the police and law enforcement community.

When it comes to an emergency you must be fast, accurate and effective: no matter where you are, now I-Protect is around you. A network of integrated sensors provides the Operation Center with a real time situation awareness, including operators vital functions and weapons status.

I-Protect dedicated software records and manages automatic alerts, enhancing the decision making process. The result is an improved safety framework for operators on the field, allowing them to focus on their most important mission: serve and protect.

The security of citizens is a priority of every civil society. Thanks to technology we have done a lot, but there is still a lot to do. Beretta I-Protect: a step ahead in public security.

From the PX4i Storm press release …

In the street your life depends on your comrades and communication is essential. However, in a split second attack, call communication is not always possible: don’t worry, from now on your PX4; will do it for you. The status of your gun corresponds to a specific level of threat. PX4; continuously tracks and records your pistol status, sharing this information in real time with the Operation Center and other patrols. The result is an enhanced situational awareness that provides a dramatic reduction of the time to decision in crisis response.

Rather than being a system designed to monitor and second-guess officers in the field. Beretta has designed i-Protect to be a potentially life saving system. I look forward to seeing how it develops.

Rather than being a system designed to monitor and second-guess officers in the field, Beretta has designed i-Protect to be a potentially life saving system. I am looking forward to seeing how Beretta develop this product in the future.

Many thanks to Lionel for the photos and information.


Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • Anonymoose

    Apple lawsuit in 3…2…1…

  • Peter Larson

    This is pretty cool. Finally somebody started integrating tech and sensing into guns without messing with electronic locks or any of that nonsense. The gun will still work if the electronics fail, but when it’s all working, it’s useful info to have. It will help police keep better track of when officers are using their weapons and could allow backup to get sent somewhere without an officer calling for it. It also could require police to account for every shot fired, whether on purpose or negligent. Not a bad system.

    • Dv

      Only the first step. Its a trap.

      • gunslinger

        yup.

        but if this is a “passive” system in that big brother doesn’ thave a back door to lock your gun. but big brother can record the “activity” of the gun.

        very interesting stuff indeed.

        • Peter Larson

          I agree, I wouldn’t want any of that stuff on my gun as a civilian, but I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t track the use of service weapons of police. On the other hand, you’re right, politicians will likely try to transition this into tracking civilian gun use.

  • El Duderino

    Will be entertaining to have police dispatched every time an officer cleans his duty weapon.

  • Hunter57dor

    This looks very much like a concept, and not a production run. the actual firearm is probably going to be a few ounces heavier, structurally weaker, prone to dirt build up in sensor pocket areas, and it may even be less reliable.

    not to mention there goes your rail for any kind of light or laser. that piece alone probably upsets the forward balance of the handgun.

    • Steve (TFB Editor)

      You must be new here ;) Ever wonder why half the things at SHOT Show don’t show up until the following year!

      • Sulaco

        If at all…

  • totenglocke

    Any department that used these would have a large number of “technical difficulties” resulting in loss of data from the server. We know SOP for police when it comes to recording their criminal activity.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      Police criminal activity? You watch too much TV. Are there bad apples yep you bet. There are bad employees in every job on the planet. Officers are just under the spotlight a good deal more.

      • FourString

        Makes me think of Dirty Harry when Clint Eastwood gets mad about people saying “pig this and pig that” despite officers laying their lives on the line every day

        • totenglocke

          Yeah, collecting revenue for the city / county / state by sitting on the side of the road and harassing people trying to get to work is REAL dangerous….

          Look at deaths by profession per year – being a cop doesn’t even make it in to the top 10, so how about we stop lying and saying that cops risk their lives every day?

          • FourString

            Since that was Clint Eastwood’s line not mine, you’re calling Clint Eastwood a liar. Good job, troll.

        • michael

          laying their lives on the line? You realize roofers have a more dangerous job than cops? Stop falling for the union line to get more wages. Police work is far from dangerous

          • FourString

            Last time I checked, it was a Dirty Harry line, nothing to do with unions (said by a guy who’s politically the opposite of anything union related). But sure, let’s just say you’re wiser than Clint Eastwood.

          • Hyok Kim
        • john

          Police work is not even in the list of top 10 most dangerous professions. Roofers, various construction and a slew of other ‘normal’ jobs are far more dangerous per the dept of labor.

      • dan citizen

        seriously? Half my family are extremely honest cops, I myself spent a decade and a half training officers in several California cities and I have reviewed hundreds of incident reports. When an officer used physical violence or discharged a weapon we found intentional lies, victim blaming, perjury, and collusion between officers to cover their butt in roughly 1/2 to 2/3 of the cases. Prosecution of officers was effectively impossible

        We have many, many fantastic LEOs in our country, but the 50% that are corrupt spoil it for them. Until we address this openly and honestly there will be a problem.

        Spend an hour on youtube and you will be ready to support reform:
        -universal body cameras
        -outside party review and ruling on shootings
        -outside party review of excessive violence
        -prosecution of all traffic offenses committed by officers
        -keep the union out of disciplinary action

        I say this because I am pro cop.

        • Jeremy Star

          http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/National_News_2/article_101376.shtml

          One district had 1/2 of the antennas on their patrol cars go missing. If you think the police aren’t just as rotten as everyone else, you’re probably a cop.

        • Sulaco

          50%? Over 300 million people in this country and the stories of bad cops number about 5 per year. Your stats need work.

          • dan citizen

            5 per year? What country do you live in? Norway? Greenland?

            more than 5 bad officers are convicted per month in the US.

            My department received maybe 8-12 seriously concerning reports a month (city of 200,000) half to a third turned out to be unfounded (perpetrators complaining, druggies being druggies) of the remaining 4-6 at least a couple involved prosecutable crimes by officers. An average of 1-3 officers per year were fired due to misconduct and/or participation crimes. On average for every report filed several more were quashed before getting put into writing.

          • Sulaco

            Live in NY? Still my point stands, number of officers involved in REAL problems not the 80% or so that get complaints from arrestee’s looking for payback or policical cop haters looking for headlines. Take all the numbers of cops convicted or fired and devide them with 300 million plus…you do the math.

          • dan citizen

            Having worked in the field I have done the math. Which to start with requires the US has about 780,000 officers total, not 300 million.

            The problem is a culture of corruption. Let’s accept your 20% corruption figure and then ask one vital question….

            How many officers and administrators are allowing this to continue? Another 50% ?

            In the city I worked in we had to officers panic and shoot an unarmed migrant worker 21 times, they then asked a responding CHP officer for a “drop gun” to cover their tracks (he refused and reported them) They then failed a drug test (cocaine and methamphetamine) The matter was bounced around, the chp officer’s report buried, and no charges were filed.

            When my brother was asked to review the case he was asked who should be held responsible and charged. His response was “everybody involved from the sheriff down, excluding the CHP officer, all others are accessories to murder after the fact.”

            until we hold ourselves to the standards our oaths ask, we will continue to have these problems.

          • Drapetomanius

            Spend a few hours on CopBlock, please.

          • dan citizen

            copblock and similar sights are the best thing for law enforcement.

            Being anti police cottuption is not being anti police just as being anti child abuse is not anti-child,

          • totenglocke

            5 per year? More like a MINIMUM of 5 per DAY.

      • totenglocke

        Wait, you’re a WRITER for TFB and are that ignorant of the number of criminal offenses committed by the police every year in the US? Someone needs to be finding a new job if you’re that uninformed or willfully ignorant.

        • mikewest007

          Fun part: not only a writer, but a former cop.

          • totenglocke

            Well that explains why he has no problem lying about police conduct. I don’t understand why gun blogs employ people like that.

          • FourString

            Right.. I’m absolutely positive that your word holds more weight against a police veteran with decades of experience, armchair commando. /s

      • michael

        I say this respectfully but I am amazed you are writer. Writers should actually do research before making asinine and ignorant comments. If this was the TFB, I’d think you were writing for the NYT. This research is easy to find. I am lucky however as I come from a family of cops so I can just discuss this with them and what Dan says is absolutely true.

      • Hyok Kim

        Dear Phil,

        Based on my experience dealing with cops and former cops, most of them are honest, ethical, intelligent, tactful, and diplomatic people.

        Now, with that out of the way, there are some bad apples, and those bad apples are protected out of proportion (unless get caught with the smoking barrel).

        Here are a few………

        http://www.kvnonews.com/2012/05/former-csi-kofoed-dogged-by-legal-challenges-as-jailtime-ends/

        http://www.omaha.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110411/NEWS97/704119877/7

        http://www.wowt.com/news/headlines/7167761.html

        https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140107/08422425786/aclu-sues-city-omaha-32-police-officers-use-excessive-force-warrantless-search-seizure.shtml

        …and then there was a case of OPD erasing the video tapes from the cruiser involved in a shooting that killed a black man, by mistaking his cell phone as a gun. The video was installed after a public uproar by the OPD that including a video in every cruiser would have solved a murder of police officer.

        This is just from Omaha, there are lots more in other cities.

        http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/04/21/2566672/the-crime-that-changed-tacoma.html

        http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=970_1242857835

  • TFB Reader

    1. I wonder what the unions are going to think about this data collection?

    2. One more step towards Robo Cop.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      I doubt the FOP or PBA will be thrilled with it. If or I should say when something like this comes along I promise you there will be lawsuits from the unions.

  • Karina

    This is it people… this is how we’re getting into a Deus Ex world. It begins with this. Next step: augmentations!

    • Anonymoose

      I think the next step should actually be to connect the round-counter into a HUD displayed by a pair of sunglasses or goggles.

      Although I am excited for the future of cybernetic warfare.

  • SD3

    Don’t do it. Once it’s in place, it’s “precedent”, and therefore “necessary”. It’ll become law, and you’ll be forced to subscribe for services you neither want nor serve your interests.

    Don’t do it.

  • dan citizen

    They could save some money by changing the sensor that detects number of rounds in the magazine to merely FULL / EMPTY.

    Check any modern police shooting it goes like this:

    1. Reason to fire weapon (suspect has wallet, cell phone, wrong color skin, whatever)
    2. Empty magazine in general direction of suspect, sights remain unused.

    Before anyone starts whining about “cop hating” I spent many a year in in law enforcement and have trained hundreds of officers, I don’t hate LEOs I just hate improper use of firearms.

    This gizmo is neat, but fairly pointless. Until we address the systemic issues that are resulting in unnecessary, unjustified, reckless police use of firearms and covering up of the same, more data collection will be hated and feared by it’s target market and therefore useless.

    • Michael R. Zupcak

      Am I the only one who thinks firearms and computers don’t mix? I’m not talking about guided weapons like the Trackping Point, I’m talking about digitzing firearms that people trust with their lives. Look what happened with the Toyota/Lexus drive-by-wire; an entire family went off a cliff. The more you electronically tweak something that already works well mechanically, the more you open it up to errors and tampering. How long before people can hack into these “smart guns” and fire them remotely?

      • Cymond

        I don’t see as much of a problem as long as it is a passive monitoring system that does not interact with the firearm in any way.

      • ArcRoyale

        Probably quite a while, since it would require a complete redesign of how firearms, as a general rule, work. To make a gun that could be fired remotely, you would have to design the weapon from the ground up with that intention.

      • Freedom_Road

        Sounds like gun control on steroids, next they will remotely make your gun not work! OMG where are we going in this insane world, you cannot regulate safety will they ever learn?!

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  • Jow Blow

    If it had a camera included, that would be apex of good and bad for all sides. Cameras magically make police abuse levels drop, whether it real and/or complaints in retaliation. Of course juries having the view of one side isn’t 100% fair but does show what the officer was seeing, the key is a good resolution so juries, and supervisors/I.A. can actually see if that blob of mass in the hands looks like a wallet or a small handgun….

    But the gps will be fought even though it improves officer safety. Why they fought it in their cars was indicative of misuse. Because what officer doesn’t want ability of back up to be sent to their location when they don’t know the address in a NOW! type time frame/events.

    For the old timers( and history fans), was there issues when radios started having the emergency help button and able to broadcast for dispatch and other officers way back when that became a standard option?

    If this does anything to help keep equipment poking LEOs in the ribs, then it has a plus side.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      As far as the 10-33 button on handheld radios we had no problems when they were issued. In fact we had no problems with false alerts and all of the officers liked them.
      In a fight it’s much easier to push the button and wait for the cavalry than trying to depress the button on the lapel mic and ask for backup. The button was on top of the Motorola radio. It also was a larger button than the other controls and easily found without looking. I used mine several times and was glad to have it.
      As far as this innovation is concerned I’m sure I would get used to it even though it seems a bit big brother. Then again we already have GPS tracking in the cars so what’s one more:-) The GPS feature does have the ability to be misused by supervisors of dubious ability but nuff said on that topic.

      • The Forty ‘Twa

        The big red button is brilliant, confuses senior officers/detectives/probies though, think it is a power button! Lost count of the amount of times somebody has pressed it and all you hear is “how do I turn this £$%&ing thing on?!”.

  • Sulaco

    You have to wonder about some of these cop haters that show up here. Would love to know their criminal backgrounds…As to the gun reviewed, I have a print reader on my laptop, it works about 30% the first time. Don’t think I would risk my life to those odds.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      Makes you wonder doesn’t it. Any hate you read is usually because of a bad experience like being arrested and such. Then there are those who just hate officers for who knows what reason. We do learn to develop thick skin so I consider it the haters problem not the officers.

      • bbmg

        I disagree with the premise that anyone suspicious of the police must have a criminal record. While I’m sure the majority of police officers are decent and upstanding folk. I’m also confident that there are a lot of innocent people who have been abused by less than decent officers.

        The black-and-white idea that “if you’re not with us, you’re against us” is a fascist mentality.

        • Sulaco

          Not talking about those that are “suspicious” bbmg, that’s natural and normal after all, even healthy in the body politic. Talking about those that openly call hate, say all cops should be killed and openly (well safely hidden behind the internet) wish they could do the killing. Dangerous folks and another reason for the second.

        • mikewest007

          Not fascist, it’s a way a good Christian would think. ;)

      • Jeremy Star

        Not really. It’s pretty chaffing to see one group of people get away with things another group of people would be ticketed or jailed for. It doesn’t matter how much you tell us that there are “bad apples in every barrel” when the “good apples” do nothing about the bad ones. (And the very few that do are harassed out of their jobs)

      • michael

        stunned by this comment. I suggest TFB get a new writer because you lack any objectivity needed to be a journalist unless you are card carrying democrat.

      • WaltherJJR

        I don’t wonder why the “haters” hate. They are basing their opinions on experience. I have lived in many cities and have never had serious “run-ins” with the law. However, if I base my opinions on just traffic stops, about twenty percent of the time the officer is less than friendly and about five percent of the time the officer is downright rude and intimidating. I will say that in times that I needed the police they were late to the party..very late. Now that’s not really a reason to hate all police and I don’t, but if you listen to the news AT ALL you can see there is a portion of the police in this country whose actions are terrifying. You can’t blame the media because most of the stories are from smart phone recordings from average citizens.
        BTW, I was in Miami during the “Miami River Cops” drug scandal and I can tell you these were not nice people. I personally think officers have a bias when it comes to the actions of their colleagues. That is normal considering the nature of the police force, but do not be so blind as to say “I don’t know WHY people could possibly hate police officers?” because that I don’t believe.

  • Van the Handcannon Man

    The company that joined Beretta on this venture for the computer parts is going to regret it when they realize that making versions for the Glock, 1911 and M&P would have the potential to sell way more than if they are just bundled with the Px4

  • derfelcadarn

    Will an erroneous signal from any of the sensors cause the weapon not to function ? If they will, it will happen, also leaves open the possibility of being hacked into nonfunction. Unintended consequences ?

  • allannon

    Am I cynical for suspecting this is a back-door to “cut-off” smart guns?

    “Oh, look, the police are using it. Why not implement it for civilians?” “Of course, the police don’t get locked out of their firearms; wouldn’t want that, now would we?”

    Why not just put shot sensors on officer’s vests? Those would work for any gun in the area, with pretty good resolution; multiple sensors can be used to locate shots. :p

  • Joshua

    This is Beretta. They love this type of mumbo jumbo tech crap.

    Look at their ARX, which is now pushing powered rails from PPI which was recently disqualified in the FRAK trials due to reliability concerns of both the rail and battery, yet Beretta is putting it on their rifles with little testing.

    This is just one more mistake they are making with a decent weapon.

  • Freedom_Road

    This is something that should never ever been developed!!!! I can just see how government especially ours will try to force such nonsense on all gun owners!!!!

  • Jo

    How much sugar did you sprinkle on that turd before you took a bite?

    This is a terrible idea. What if the officer wants to practice unholstering or dry firing? It’ll alert the dispatch of an officer in distress incident?

  • Kip