Will Smart Chip Technology Find Its Way to Firearms?

Smart chip technology is finding its way into military and consumer firearms, with one company already developing tracking systems for guns and ammunition.
Will Smart Chip Technology Find Its Way to Firearms?

Our lives are entwined with technology in ways we couldn't have imagined five or 10 years ago, with changes coming at rapid pace almost daily.

We carry phones with more capabilities than our nation's first rockets that went to the moon. Artificial Intelligence robots can do myriad tasks. Doorbells have cameras that sync with apps to let you know when someone approaches. Vehicles "see" the road ahead for danger and brake, or at least let drivers know something's amiss.

We've seen tech find its way into the firearms industry, too. Riflescopes with thermal technology are just one example. Rangefinders are far superior than just a few years ago. Our nation's military forces are developing and testing new weapons and other systems every day.

It shouldn't be a suprise that firearms for civilians would be in the crosshairs of technological researchers, too. Forbes reported that one top Israeli investor believes within five years firearms will have an internal "smart chip" with myriad capabilities.

From the report:

“We believe that in less than 5 years every gun that will be produced will have a smart chip in it,” said Ron Zuckerman, a long-time executive, investor and angel whose list of successes includes co-founding Sapiens International Corp., which develops software for the insurance industry, serving as CEO of Brazilian telecom GVT and as co-founder of influential Israeli venture funds, including Magma. Now a California-based angel, he is an investor in many tech startups.

One of those is a small tech company, Secubit, that is focused on one of the hottest areas in the gun world: tech-enabled weapons. Zuckerman estimates there is a $50 billion market for high-tech guns, including military, law enforcement and civilian. The company's first market is the military, where there is a growing interest in tech-enabled weapons as war becomes more distant and mechanized.

The report said Zuckerman and the company's co-owner and CEO, Itay Weiss, will reveal their developments at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas. The show is Jan. 22-25. Forbes reported they will launch an artificial intelligence powered counter for ammunition called WeaponLogic.

The system, WeaponLogic, has been marketed as a way for military clients to count ammunition and determine when guns should be serviced. The new iteration uses AI chips to offer more data and to offer it in real time.

Among the company's clients are the Israeli Counter Terrorism Unit, Sweden Armed Forces and the New Zealand Defence Force. According to Secubit, for tracking firearms it offers a patented satellite sensor that provides additional tagging of barrels, upper receiver groups, and additional accessories attached to the weapon. These passive tags are detected and scanned by the handheld WeaponLogic Reader. The reader contains the actual round counter while the passive satellite sensors detect the presence of the other components.

With tech advancing so rapidly it's not a stretch to see tracking sensors and other smart tech finding its way into consumer firearms in the future.

Featured image: Secubit-ltd.com


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