|The Yardarm chip, shown in green, is a witness who can't lie.|
Currently in development in Silicon Valley, the Yardarm is a startup venture that could start a serious new trend of keeping cops in check. Installed in the butt of a pistol, the Yardarm's Bluetooth sensor connects to an officer's smartphone, then notifies police dispatchers when and where an officer carries, draws or fires their weapon. It can even deduce the direction of the discharge, which could be important later in court for all parties involved. In the officers' aid, it could help alert dispatchers when a cop is under fire but cannot immediately radio their situation or location.
Yardarm's website states their technology is "designed to seamlessly integrate into existing computer aided dispatch (CAD) and real-time crime center (RTCC) solutions", which provide maps for a dispatcher to track progress on. This could enable more accurate data regarding crime-infested areas and ultimately prove safer for everyone.
|Unfortunately, there are no current plans to make Yardarms for nightsticks.|