The following is a release from Beretta:

Fabbrica d’Armi Pietro Beretta and Intellitronika announce the launch of “i-PROTECT.”

The system, designed by Beretta in Italy as part of a research project in cooperation with the University of Brescia and funded by the Italian Ministry for Economic Development, was jointly developed with Intellitronika, a company specializing in the design of computer systems and communications.

The i-PROTECT system includes the Beretta pistol and a networked holster using sensors that do not interfere with the mechanical operation of the handgun. The Operations Center is automatically alerted when the pistol is drawn from its holster, when the hammer is cocked, and when the pistol is fired.

The Center can then send the appropriate back up and/or support personnel to the scene while the Officer continues to focus on the event at hand.

At the officer’s discretion, the pistol communicates with the “ODINO 5” smartphone application that integrates the handgun and other officer sensors into the control system, including the Officer’s position.

The i-PROTECT is designed to allow the Officer to continue using the most critical element of the system, the handgun, even if every other element is not functioning or if all electrical power is lost.

From July 1 to Aug. 31, 2015, Officers from the Milan Provincial Command of the Carabinieri will test and evaluate the potential of the i-PROTECT system in the field. The system and the test is aimed at raising the standards of personnel safety and reducing response times in critical situations.

Law Enforcement agencies are adopting numerous new technologies to monitor critical events and to communicate to departments the vital information they need to understand what is happening or has happened in the field. i-PROTECT is a fully integrated system prepared to demonstrate these new capabilities.

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