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Police chiefs take aim at RFID for weapons tracking

When the International Association of Chiefs of Police holds its annual conference, the gun exhibit is always a top draw. That was true once again last week when the group met in Philadelphia. Aside from a chance to view the newest in weaponry, law enforcement officials witnessed the impact that RFID can have on weapons tracking.

RFID on weapons

The IACP used a solution from Simply RFID to track weapons at its annual conference in Philadelphia.

For the first time, the IACP utilized RFID to track more than 500 weapons on display and to check them in and out of the conference hall each day. In prior years, close to 25 vendors would wait up to two hours to check their weapons into the conference armory when the show closed for the day.

This year a solution provided by Simply RFID streamlined the process and allowed all gun manufacturers to check-out in as little as 15 minutes.

“This was the first time that the IACP used this technology for inventory in the armory and it worked wonderfully,” says Captain Mark Fisher of the Philadelphia Police Department, who was in charge of the armory during the conference. “Once we got the RFID tags onto the guns and registered them in the computer, the check-in process each night was flawless. It was one of the most cost efficient and time saving solutions that IACP has implemented. The vendors loved it because they didn’t have to wait in line each night.”

Fisher is encouraging the IACP to use the technology at its annual conference in Orlando next year. He is also urging the city of Philadelphia to consider RFID for weapons tracking at its weapons armory, currently a manual and tedius process.

Carl Brown, the CEO of Simply RFID, and his team tagged a wide variety of weapons including handguns, rifles and machine guns. Manufacturers included Glock, Smith & Wesson, Beretta, Springfield, Sig Sauer and others.

Ten years from now is every gun going to come pre-tagged with RFID when it enters the world? Absolutely,” says Brown. “The police chiefs loved it and really want to pursue this. The thing about RFID is it’s wonderful and it’s like the Internet; you absolutely have to have it. Trying to get people to understand it and how to use it is the challenge.”

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