Smart firearms safety technology not only prevent misuse of deadly weapons but also prevent the accidental usage by children and teens, as well as reducing the use of a firearm against its owner if the firearm is stolen or taken away. Recognizing this, Government of India owned Field Gun Factory (FGF) of Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh has recently developed a novel smart biometric powered firearm holster called Kavach, that can only be used with the fingerprint impression of its owner.
The gun factory leveraged the 3D printing technology to design & develop the holster. Holster is a holder for carrying a handgun or other firearm. A handgun holster is a device used to hold or restrict the undesired movement of a handgun, reported Times of India.
Kavach, the holster, has a biometrically opened lock, which according the gun factory is a safer way to prevent misuse and theft of firearms. For this, FGF collaborated with a Kanpur-based private firm, Sri Hans Energy Systems Pvt Ltd, to develop this ‘smart’ holster to lock the gun in it.
A firearm, when used with Kavach holster, can not be taken out from it without opening its lock by using impression of the owner’s finger print. As of now, Kavach has been designed for .32 bore revolver and soon will cover all major prominent bores.
According to Shailendra Nath, GM of Field Gun Factory, Kanpur, “We have designed a smart biometric firearm holster called Kavach, with the help of a private company Sri Hans Energy Systems Pvt Ltd, Kanpur and are in the process of launching it in the market. Smart biometric holster will act as a deterrent in case of misuse and theft of a firearm.”
Other information about the different technology stacks used in 3D printing and biometric system, which was used for desiging and developing Kavach are not available as of now and we are in process of reaching out to Field Gun Factory, Kanpur, to furnish further additional details. Keep watching this space for more on this.
Related to firearms safety technology there are other technologies such as RFID activated gun accessories. RFID (Radio-frequency Identification) uses electromagnetic fields to automatically identify and track tags attached to objects. A RFID firearm safety systems, which typically employ RFID chips or other proximity tokens, fingerprint recognition, or magnetic rings, can prevent accidental shootings, gun thefts, and criminal usage by persons not authorized to use the guns.
India’s neighbor Pakistan has also come up with quite an innovative and much needed gun safety technology. Brains for Innovative Research Development & Strategic Studies (BIRDS), a Pakistan-based privately-held R&D organization, has developed a firearm safety device called “APS 1”. APS 1 automatically locks the weapon on reaching/entering boundary/protected area, such as school, religious building, public office, public gathering areas etc., can be programmed by Law Enforcement Agency/Licensing Authority at the time of purchase/installation
A US-based startup called Biofire Technologies, is developing smart guns as a mass-manufacturable commercial product, which uses a fingerprint sensor to unlock the firearm for use.