Tech Talk: Smart Guns Could Be a Smart Choice for Channel Partners
What if our country’s gun control problems could be solved through the use of smart technology?
A few years ago, such an idea would have been relegated to the realm of science fiction. But thanks to a new initiative by the federal government, the possibility of real-life “smart guns” could go from being a fun Hollywood gimmick to the future of gun safety.
Thanks to President Obama, the concept of a gun linked to its registered owner could become a reality in the very near future. The White House announced the president’s plans to quell gun violence last week, despite backlash from the National Rifle Association and even certain police organizations.
While certain groups have already created smart guns using biometrics, ID scanners and other solutions to make this concept a reality, no smart guns are commercially available in the United States. However, there are ample opportunities for channel partners to sell smart technology for weapons, particularly those partners who deal with public sector customers.
According to President Obama’s Facebook page, the Federal Government is encouraging the development of smart guns through additional funding and by identifying the requirements needed for smart weapons. Channel partners would be smart to take advantage of this push for new solutions and work with the federal government to sell such safety measures. Doing so could not only help reduce the possibility of deaths and injuries from firearms, but could also create a booming area of recurring revenue for any company able to secure a federal contract.
Obama has already pledged to commit millions of dollars in awards and grants to companies capable of developing such guns, giving channel partners a real and reachable conclusion should they create a system of control that effectively stops weapons from being fired by unauthorized users. The president said his push for more effective gun control technology has been spurred by his past frustrations in creating legislation as well as in the rash of accidental gun violence incidents over the past several years including the accidental death of a mother shot by her infant son.
And even though the rewards are high, the potential pitfalls for such technology are equally significant. No large manufacturer has ever been successful in marketing a smart gun, while even small groups have been met with fierce opposition across the board. Channel partners who wish to take on such a challenge should be ready to face opposition at every turn, despite the possible increase in safety that such technology could provide.
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