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Firearm security and accesibility have been greatly controversial topics in the United States along recent decades. The fact that private and unprofessional individuals hold active and loaded guns in their households has created some disastrous precedents in which small children accidentally injured themselves or people in their vicinity, severely.
An Israeli company, ClipFort, may have found the perfect solution for this serious challenge. The company’s development, the Python Magazine, is a fingerprint-recognition technology with a locking mechanism, in other words, a magazine with a biometric sensor. This means that the firearm owner sets his fingerprint as the one that can activate the weapon in a way that only he can use it.
ClipFort’s solution incorporates biometric and network connectivity. The fingerprint sensor on the bottom of the clip is programmed at purchase to match the owner’s print. For loading, ID confirmation takes 0.7 seconds. Given a match, the clip can load bullets until the magazine is removed from the gun, according to bloomberg.com.
The technology completely disables the weapon for anyone who’s not the owner of the set fingerprint, other people can’t even take the magazine out in order to reload, let alone use the firearm. The magazine has, according to the company, an identification accuracy success rate of 99.99% within 0.7 seconds.
The product will cost 150-200$ per unit, aiming primarily to aid the United States with domestic handling of firearms.
The American market is the main target of the company. It has been estimated that in the US there are more than 310 million different types of weapons held by the citizens. In addition to the civilian market, the company also intends to offer its product to the various security agencies.
ClipFort, a four year old company, had raised $2 million from investors and, according to Israeli magazine “Globes” has been recently sold to the Australian Azonto for $22 million.