The internet of things is a fascinating topic. Novels can be written about the many benefits of this technology. If you’re unfamiliar with the internet of things, it essentially means that everything with an on/off switch- especially those with an internet connection- are interconnected. They can all connect with one another, interact, and exchange data. In the 21st century, the internet of things is a concept that can apply to most things we use every day from coffee pots to cell phones. A central concept of the internet of things is Radio-frequency Identification (RFID). In this article, we’ll define RFID and discuss RFID on arms and ammunition.

RFID is a concept that allows objects to be tracked. Electromagnetic fields are used to instantly both identify and track specific tags attached to certain objects. This works because embedded within an RFID tag is both a transmitter and a receiver. This allows it to receive, store, process, and transmit information. Passive RFID tags are embedded in many of the objects that we purchase today and can be used to track any assets and nearby lost items, such as keys and remotes. However, one of the hottest topics related to both internet of things and RFID is RFID on arms and ammunition.

Several countries around the world, as well as the United Nations, have called for the RFID on arms and ammunition. Special RFID tags have been developed in order for accurate weapons tracking, as these tags must withstand heat, dust, shock stresses, and more. Using this technology on weapons and ammunition would allow biometric tracking. In essence, it could help groups like the military, law enforcement, and security teams to track their armories in real time.

Private Citizens in South Africa may also feel more comfortable if they tag their arms and ammunition as you will know where it is in case of theft. Recovery of your weapon will become possible as well as real time monitoring such as recordings such as cocking, shots fired and reloading of the weapon.