I suppose this is a little “big brother-y” but the tech is still kind of cool. I can see the utility in certain professions–namely the one they discuss. The other interesting feature (they discuss in the video) is for detecting maintenance issues. It looks like they have a pretty complete integration with the Carabinieri (at least the area they are testing it out in; Milan Provincial Command).
The ‘i-PROTECT’ system includes the Beretta pistol and a networked holster using sensors that do not interfere with the mechanical operation of the handgun. The Operations Center is automatically alerted when the pistol is drawn from its holster, when the hammer is cocked, and when the pistol is fired. The Center can then send the appropriate back up and/or support personnel to the scene while the Officer continues to focus on the event at hand. At the Officer’s discretion, the pistol communicates with the “ODINO 5” smartphone application that integrates the handgun and other Officer sensors into the control system, including the Officer’s position. The i-PROTECT is designed to allow the Officer to continue using the most critical element of the system, the handgun, even if every other element is not functioning or if all electrical power is lost.
So, let’s discuss it! Do you think this would be a benefit to Law Enforcement (if you are LE, please weigh in)? What are the broader implications of this?