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Police put gun safety device to the testNew technology to improve gun safety is in the hands of two law enforcement agencies. As CNET's Sumi Das shows us, a small device inserted into an officer's gun can track if the weapon has been fired or stolen.
This past October in Sacramento what began as a standard check of a suspicious vehicle ended in the death of two law enforcement officers. Routine checks gone wrong are all to frequent for officers in the field, but new gun technology could provide an extra layer of security. Our solution is. You put a piece of electronics in the firearm, that gives us a, a location for that firearm. And, if anything's happening with it in the field, we can identify that and then alert the appropriate infrastructure. Using industrial accelerometers and magnetometers, Yardarm has developed a tracking device that slips inside a gun grip. And we're using all of those sensors and that gives us a full 3D range of motion in understanding what's happening with the guns. We know if it's in a holster, out of a holster, Or if the gun has been fired. The device connects to a Smartphone via Bluetooth. It can also detect when an officer is separated from their weapon. And all of that data can be sent to a dispatch center. So fellow officers who may be just blocks away can be informed that the other officer's in need. Nacom king 27. That officer never has to call into the radio. It's automatically sent to dispatch. Yourdom is testing it's technology with two law enforcement agencies. A police department in Texas and the sheriff's department here in Santa Cruz county. The unique terrain here could pose a challenge due to uneven cellular coverage. We're in a mountainous community. And we have sometimes limited coverage. And the technology relies on a different carrier to bring the information back to the data center. So that's really the challenge. Sensor data could assist police with investigations and ever offer details such as the guns projector. But the new tech also raises questions about big brother. I can tell you that we have no intention of tracking people real time every minute of everyday. This is essentially a fire alarm it tells you instantly. If a person is engaged in a confrontation, but it doesn't track you each and every minute. Santa Cruz officials don't expect Yard Arm to be a magic bullet or bulletproof vest. But it could make a difference in the field when every second counts. In Santa Cruz I'm Sumi Das. cnet.com for CBS News [MUSIC]