Beretta i-Protect Wants Cameras, Sensors, And Electronics Everywhere

Meh.. making things more complicated rather than less complicated:

This just popped up on my radar tonight, despite it being announced at the MILIPOL show Paris in 2003.  The video which came out today was a shorter one in Italian with English subtitles… which prompted me to google the one I ended up embedding.

Basically i-Protect (ya oh shit Apple isn’t going to like that) currently being developed for Law Enforcement; consists of the smart weapon, clothing, cellphone, and network which collects data / keeps track of EVERYTHING.  They are really emphasizing how it’s to make the “citizens feel more secure”.  I’m not really buying that angle, but whatever.  I’m so sick of adding complexity, rather than taking it away.  You just know once they are reasonably happy with how it’s functioning for police, guess who it’s mandatory for next?  Yea.. everyone else.  I’m sure this type of thing has the potential to save lives if done properly… but pessimistically I’m doing to say we already know it won’t be done properly and be a huge disaster.

Beretta-iProtect-functionality

Beretta-iProtect-Technical-SpecsAs much as I think it’s good that police who aren’t doing their job properly are being exposed more often in this time of cellphone cameras and technology, I think it will eventually reach the point where no one in their right mind would even considering doing that job because you’re under such scrutiny all the time.  That sounds incredibly stressful coupled with an already ridiculously stressful job.

Beretta-Firearms-LogoThe fact they keep using the term “operator” and “operations” over and over again in this video makes it worth the post on it’s own.

Thoughts?

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