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.
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.
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.
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Yardarm Technologies, Inc is a leading public safety Internet of Things (IoT) provider of sensor and communications technology to law enforcement, security, and military agencies. Yardarm headquarters is in Capitola, California.
Yardarm was founded by Bob Stewart and Joaquin Menezes to support and protect first responders as they are asked to risk their lives protecting the public against unpredictable threats. Body-worn cameras are quickly becoming mandatory gear and detailed forensic documentation is now required for any incident of use-of-force. Yardarm Technologies uses smart, wearable technology to automatically activate body-worn cameras when a situation quickly escalates, capture critical forensic data, and call for back-up even if the officer cannot.
Robert Stewart Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer
Robert (Bob) Stewart is a veteran entrepreneur with documented success in building and growing telecommunications related ideas into $100M businesses. Prior to Yardarm, Bob was President of Telera Communications and Vice President of Telera, Inc, a call center services company that was VC-funded and later sold to Alcatel for over $120M. Bob also had a 28-year career with Pacific Bell and SBC where among leadership positions he directed the technology labs. Key career accomplishments include transforming the broadcast and movie making industries by replacing analog with digital technology. He holds a BS in economics and BA in political science from Pacific Lutheran University and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Jim Schaff Chief Marketing Officer
Jim Schaff is a proven entrepreneur with over 20 years building and marketing successful companies and award-winning technology products. Prior to launching Yardarm, Jim was President of Stage Two Communications, a consumer technology marketing and media relations firm in San Francisco. While at Stage Two, Jim worked with the leaders in the consumer technology market from Electronic Arts, VUDU (purchased by Walmart) and Monster Cable to emerging companies such as Boxee (purchased by Samsung) and Face.com (purchased by Facebook). Jim has held executive marketing roles at enterprise technology companies such as BlueArc (purchased by Hitachi Data Systems) and consumer electronics companies such as Drobo (purchased by Connected Data), and has developed marketing strategies for companies such as Electronic Arts and Hewlett Packard.
David Glowacki Chief Operating Officer
David has immersed himself in mobile technologies for over 15 years beginning with early handheld research at Microsoft. In California he has led teams at Electronic Arts and across a series of mobile startups culminating in ngmoco, a KPCB-backed iPhone startup. Of late he invests in and advises startups in the Bay Area, Boston, and Berlin. David holds a BA in Political Science and BS in Computer Science from DePauw University.
Joaquin Menezes Co-founder & Shareholder Liaison
Joaquin serves as Yardarm's Liaison to Shareholders communicating the Company's vision and road map. From his original inquiry into the concept of a firearm sensor, Joaquin continues to serve not only as a vital force to convey information to and from shareholders and the executive leadership, but also to inspire the shared mission of Yardarm in a team approach.
Board of Advisors
Paul is currently the CEO of VirtualPBX.com a leading Business cloud hosted PBX solution which he helped co-found. With over 30 years of strategic, operational, sales, and marketing management experience, Paul has successfully guided the emergence of such companies as Silicon Vision, Specialix, Siemens/Pyramid and, most notably, BEA Systems. As the Vice President of Business Development and Alliances for their ECI Division, Paul helped BEA achieve $1 billion in annual revenue faster than any other software company in the history of the industry.
Paul sits on the boards of Iamfine.com and Yardarm Technologies. He has previously held advisorary board seats at CastIron Systems an integration appliance company funded by Sequoia Capital and Norwest Ventures (sold to IBM) and Network Shell (IPO under the name Bladelogic and then sold to BMC) His non profit board work includes; CASA, a child advocacy group in Northern California and the West Valley Business School. Paul holds a BABS in International Business and Corporate Decision Making from Kingston University of London, England.
Sean is a Senior Vice President at Porter Novelli, where he leads the global Corporate Reputation and Crisis Communications practice. With almost 20 years of communications experience, Sean offers clients strategic guidance on a range of public affairs initiatives and corporate reputation issues. From January 2009 to April 2011, Sean was the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In that role he was responsible for managing all aspects of the Department’s brand and reputation. He was the principal advisor to the Secretary on these matters and oversaw a team of nearly 300 communications staff at headquarters and in the field.
Zach Friend is a policy, public affairs and communications expert who has worked for Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns, the White House Council of Economic Advisers and in both houses of Congress. In June of 2012, Zach was elected to the Santa Cruz County, California Board of Supervisors. Previously, he was the Press Information Officer and a Crime Analyst for the Santa Cruz Police Department. This included bringing predictive policing to the department, a complex mathematical model that helped predict when and where crime would occur. He has been published extensively on issues related to public management, law enforcement resource allocations and health and economic policy.