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GPS bullets . .

A US company is producing a gun that fires GPS trackers that stick to vehicles being pursued.

The Starchase system comprises a compressed-air gun, typically mounted behind the grille of a police car, aimed using a laser to target a fleeing vehicle. The gun fires a tag containing a GPS tracker, which adheres to the suspect vehicle and transmits coordinates back to a dispatcher, who can then track the tagged vehicle in real-time via a secure connection.

Thus, a dangerous high-speed pursuit can be replaced with a safer interdiction strategy.

The StarChase Pursuit Management System is already in use in 4 US states, and the Virginia-based company is striving to have it adopted in UK.

The company explains that the mapping platform is a secure, scalable web-based one that does not require special hardware to operate - It is compatible with existing computer-aided design (CAD) and automatic vehicle location (AVL) systems.

The system is quoted to cost $5,000 (~£3,100, €3,700) to install and each bullet costs $500 (~£310, €370).

Details from StarChase and the BBC below . .

  • 31 October 2013
  • LNLG

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