LENEXA, KS--(Marketwired - Dec 6, 2016) - Digital Ally, Inc. (NASDAQ: DGLY) (the "Company"), which develops, manufactures and markets advanced video surveillance products for law enforcement, homeland security and commercial applications, today announced that it plans to enter the non-lethal weapon market. To protect its innovation in this market, the Company filed a U.S. Patent Application for its first electroshock weapon in May 2015. The application was recently published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), which automatically publishes applications 18 months from filing. The application awaits examination by the USPTO.
"We are excited to bring innovation to the non-lethal weapons market," said Stan Ross, CEO of Digital Ally, Inc. "Recognizing the current limitations with electroshock weapon technology available to law enforcement, we saw potential to grow our product mix through the $8.5 billion global non-lethal weapons market considering our network of over 8,000 agencies currently deploying our technology," continued Ross.
In the non-lethal weapon market, there are three types of electroshock weapons. First, there are direct contact electroshock weapons such as stun guns and cattle prods, where they can only administer the shock while in contact with the subject and the user must be in arm's reach of the subject. Second, there are conducted electrical weapons (CEW), which fire projectiles that administer the shock via thin wires. The shock from CEW is limited to the length of the wire and limited to one charge. Finally, there are long-range electroshock weapons. Currently, the only wireless long-range electroshock weapon fires long-range direct contact electroshock projectiles from a standard shotgun at the subject. The disadvantages of this type of electronic weapon include increased risk of death or severe injury either due to the extreme velocity of the projectile or the inability to control the electrical shock after firing the projectile. In addition, ammunition for these weapons can be costly and in many situations, this kind of weaponry is too large for carrying.
Recognizing these limitations in current technology, Digital Ally developed the intellectual property for a wirelessly controlled electronic weapon. As designed, the electroshock weapon would fire a wireless direct contact projectile from a launcher to administer the shock to the subject. The launcher is controlled by radio frequency. In addition to reducing the projectile velocity at launch and allowing the officer to control the shock wirelessly through radio frequency, the Company's wirelessly controlled electronic weapon is designed to be more compact, easy to carry, and provide improved accuracy. "This weapon combines the advantages of conventional CEWs and long-range electroshock weapons without the wires and safety threat limitations the current technology poses to the subject. We are now proceeding to develop our product prototype," concluded Stan Ross.
About Digital Ally, Inc.
Digital Ally, Inc. develops, manufactures and markets advanced technology products for law enforcement, homeland security and commercial applications. The Company's primary focus is digital video imaging and storage. For additional information, visit www.digitalallyinc.com.
The Company is headquartered in Lenexa, Kansas, and its shares are traded on The Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol "DGLY".
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