Yardarm Holster Aware detects when a handgun is removed from or inserted into a holster. The device works with most connected officer technology and applications, including body-worn cameras from leading manufacturers.
The sensor continuously analyzes the presence of the firearm within the holster to create removal and insertion events. As events are detected, this information is transmitted via a secure, AES-encrypted wireless link to any smartphone, land mobile radio, or other Bluetooth device.
Data from Holster Aware can deliver real-time event alerts to nearby officers, E911 dispatch, or other devices including auto-activation of body worn cameras.
The sensor is easily installed onto approved holsters using 3M™ VHB™ adhesive.
Holster Aware is the core of Yardarm connected officer solutions. It autmoatically captures, analyzes, and transmits real-time data during critical events in the field. Powered by advanced sensors, Yardarm brings smart technology to holsters and weapons and enables advanced machine-to-machine capabilities.
The company holds patents with hundreds of claims, and continues to expand its intellectual property to maintain technology and thought leadership in forensic firearm technology.
Using Yardarm Holster Aware Technology
In critical situations officers must focus on protecting themselves and others. Yardarm Holster Aware wirelessly activates industry-leading body-worn cameras, removing the burden from officers who may forget or are unable to manually activate their camrea.
All Yardarm sensors interoperate with body-worn cameras from leading manufacturers and can detect unholstering of lethal and non-lethal weapons.
Forensic Report for Weapon and Holster Events
Departments now have an option to gather critical forensic evidence in the event of lethal use-of-force involving an officer’s weapon or holster. Yardarm Blackbox generates after-action telemetry reports much like those available for conducted electric weapons.
As the product name suggests, this service operates in a manner similar to aircraft flight data recorders. Yardarm sensors installed in weapons or hoslters are configured to record all weapon activity.
The sensor captures comprehensive telemetry including:
- Holster state
- 3-Axis weapon orientation
- Weapon discharge
- Weapon jams
- Racking the slide
- Magazine removal
- Magazine insertion
All information captured is time-stamped and delivered as a comprehensive report for forensic use by investigators.
Yardarm sensors are powerful communications devices that integrate into Connected Officer platforms.
Agencies can enhance the safety and efficiency of their officers by creating a realtime connection between an officer’s gun and holster and command. When a weapon is drawn, fired, or separated from the officer an alert is instantly delivered to the E911 dispatcher to allow immediate support and backup to be sent to that officer’s location.
Yardarm integrates into existing officer aware platforms, allowing sensor telemetry to be delivered to any industry standard computer aided dispatch (CAD) or realtime crime center (RTCC) software solutions via standard APIs.
Sensor data is transmitted through an officer’s smartphone, land mobile radio, or other connected device to deliver realtime alerts to the platform.