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. The 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 to 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, cannot be taken out from it without opening its lock by using the impression of the owner’s fingerprint. 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. The 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 designing 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. An 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.