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A Florida-based firm is developing a new technology that assists police and military in differentiating between friendly and enemy forces. The technology is an attachment to a weapon that alerts the gun holder if others nearby are friend or foe.
Dubbed “Intelligent Guns”, the high-tech weapon attachment works by scanning the area the gun is being aimed at and alerting the gun holder if he’s aiming at a person who’s also equipped with an Intelligent Gun. When aiming at a friendly the attachment will give a visual and tactile response to alert the holder that there is a friendly gun nearby, lowering the chances of friendly fire.
Although there are obvious military and police applications for this technology, the main application for the intelligent guns are to stop an active shooter in a civilian setting, more specifically, a school shooting.
In the aftermath of the Parkland Florida school shooting, where 17 people were shot dead and 17 more injured, president Trump suggested that we arm well trained teachers and faculty members with guns. The idea is that in every school there should be a few safes with a weapon inside. Several non-disclosed faculty members that have gone through the necessary training would be able to access these safes and handle the weapons inside in order to gain a fighting chance against an active shooter.
If we were to consider the above as reality, the intelligent guns would be a great asset against an active shooters. Police searching the area for an armed gunman would instantly know if they have encountered the armed gunman or a teacher trying to defend the school.
If adopted by schools, the guns would be kept in wi-fi activated safes. Only police and green-lit school officials will have access to the safe, so that the weapons won’t fall into the wrong hands.
Fox35orlando.com reports that Serious Simulations, the company that has been working on the technology, haven’t yet sold the technology to schools, but expects that they will be ready for it sometime within the next six months.