12 July 1997
Source: http://www.nttc.edu/law/projects.html

From Office of Law Enforcement Technology Commercialization (OLETC)

OLETC Programs and Projects

Retractable Spike Barrier Strip Rear Seat Air Bag Restraint System Concealed Weapons Detection Systems Protective Gloves Smart Gun Advanced Law Enforcement Response Technology (ALERT)
Global Tracking Holster Integrated Face Identification System Emergency Location Identification Positional Asphyxia Video Tuff Cuffs Tiger Vision
Innovative Acquisition Strategies Creative Funding Initiatives Law Enforcement Equipment Buying Cooperative Study Product Implementation Handbook Regional Alliance Training Development Partnership
Gang Tracking Systems Report LANL Technology Efforts Pick Proof Handcuffs

Retractable Spike Barrier Strip

The Retractable Spike Barrier Strip (RSBS) is a device intended to be carried in police cars, deployed in front of a fleeing vehicle by a single officer, and actuated remotely to reduce risk of injury to the police officer deploying it. The device uses hollow spikes which are retracted for normal traffic, then raised when the target vehicle approaches. The spikes embed themselves in the tires and allow air to escape slowly so that the vehicle can be kept under control, yet is disabled in a short distance.

OLETC, in concert with the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL), is currently working with PMG Manufacturing Group, Inc. (PMG) in a project to develop and commercialize the Retractable Spike Barrier Strip (RSBS). The first phase of this effort involved a technical assessment of the INEL invention and a market assessment. it is expected a development phase will lead to the design of a pre-production prototype which can undergo developmental testing and evaluation prior to a production decision. Once this development and testing are completed a second design review will be held, tentatively in February 1997, to make the production decision. If all is successful, the RSBS first articles should be available in the late Spring of 1997.

For Additional Information, Contact: Jerry Bortman 304-243-2530 or e-mail: jbortman@nttc.edu.

Rear Seat Air Bag Restraint System

OLETC is seeking a licensing partner or a team of companies to develop and commercialize the Rear Seat Air Bag (RSAB) Restraint System. The system is a restraining device designed to be mounted in a police cruiser and deployed by the driver to restrain suspects in custody being transport when they become violent or attempt to escape. This device is not a safety air bag and differs considerably in design and requirements. This innovation is in the technical feasibility phase. An engineering mockup/prototype has been built and safety tested by Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL). A patent has been issued. Companies are being contacted regarding a partnership for developing and manufacturing the product.

For Additional Information, Contact: Jim Ball 703-866-4740 or e-mail: jball@erols.com

Concealed Weapons Detection Systems

Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL), with NIJ funding, has developed a prototype of a Concealed Weapons Detection System (CWDS) using off-the-shelf hand-held Magnetic Detectors. The system integrates 10 unmodified detector devices and presents a visual line element pictorial of the two sensor arrays on each side of the doorway. The system is baselined to room environment magnetic signature then displays a perturbed signature when challenged by a mass of magnetic material, and is especially sensitive to detection of weapons of even modest size, providing an approximate location with respect to height and left or right side of the subject passing through the system. OLETC is attempting to accelerate the licensing and development of the CWDS by finding a partner or licensee for the technology. The INEL system is one of seven different new technology-based CWDS under development by NIJ and DARPA. OLETC is determining the best approach for commercializing this system in concert with INEL. There may be a case for integrating several of the CWDS designs into a unit that accomplishes the task in a more comprehensive manner.

For Additional Information, Contact: Jerry Bortman 304-243-2530 or e-mail: jbortman@nttc.edu.

Protective Gloves

OLETC, in conjunction with the Office of Law Enforcement Standards (OLES), and the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) has formed a protective gloves team. The team is addressing the Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Advisory Council s (LECTAC) expressed need for three general levels of gloves to include a basic health protective glove, a cut-resistant glove and a puncture- resistant glove. Law Enforcement and Corrections Organizations inputs on requirements and Industry comments are being requested. The team is currently investigating the performance of current gloves on the market, and developing a test procedure for evaluating protective gloves, both pathogen and cut/puncture resistant, for use by the law enforcement, corrections and forensics communities. A questionaire is available on-line for interested departments to provide input.

For Additional Information, Contact: Jim Ball 703-866-4740 or e-mail: jball@erols.com

Smart Gun

A Smart Gun is a firearm that "recognizes" the user and can only be fired by an authorized user.

Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) has conducted an investigation into a variety of sensors that in principle have the ability to be useful in a smart gun, specifically a handgun suitable for use by law enforcement officers. Technologies that were examined include surface acoustic wave tagging, passive Radio Frequency (RF) coding, touch memory, magnetic encoding, capacitive sensors/encoding, and remote RF disablement. Sandia is seeking companies interested in partnering on their smart gun development efforts.

Colt's Manufacturing Company has developed a smart gun prototype based on their latest police handgun design. OLETC has assisted Colt's in finding a partner to design and manufacture the RF link for the design.

For Additional Information, Contact: Jim Ball 703-866-4740 or e-mail: jball@erols.com

Global Tracking Holster

The "Trackable Holster", also referred to as the "Smart Holster" is a patented system which communicates the status of a firearm user when the firearm is removed from the holster. The users location is determined by using global positioning system (GPS) technology and several methods of transmission to the monitoring center. The inventor has recently submitted a proposal to NIJ for funding of the prototype. The inventor has also forwarded a proposed letter-of-intent for a licensing agreement to PMG, Inc. of Wheeling, WV for consideration and PMG, Inc. is in the process of negotiations with EWA Inc., Fairmont, WV concerning the electronics for this invention. Colt's Manufacturing Inc. has also been advised of this initiative in connection with their Smart Gun development effort.

For Additional Information, Contact: Tom Burgoyne 304-243-2527 or e-mail: tburgoyne@nttc.edu.

Integrated Face Identification System

OLETC is developing a hardware-software prototype of a face composite-picture matching system for law enforcement and correction agencies. Today, during the investigation of crime, the law enforcement personnel can readily construct the composite, as a reasonably accurate representation of the face of the alleged perpetrator, based on information provided by the witness(es). However, the actual identification of the perpetrator generally takes a very long time (weeks, months, years) because the existing law enforcement system does not have a nationwide capability that can quickly utilize the available pictures (photographic and/or electronic) of the criminals. The system under development will be able to match (within different levels of confidence) any face composite constructed by a law enforcement agency, with the picture(s) of the criminal(s) within minutes. OLETC expects to complete the proof-of- concept demonstration of this revolutionary face composite - picture matching system within six months.

For Additional Information, Contact Arsev Eraslan 304-243-4336 or e-mail: aeraslan@nttc.edu.

Emergency Location Identification

OLETC is assisting a small company in Ohio with the commercialization of a patented system which will aid the emergency response units in pinpointing the location of a 911 distress call. The product is particularly appealing for use by senior citizens, single parent homes and homes with infants.

OLETC will aid the technology developer in commercializing the system by forming a partnership among the developer, service provider and manufacturer. The technology assessment, market analysis and intellectual property protection aspects of the commercialization process have been completed. Necessary activities pertaining to business planning, licensing are being developed at present.

For Additional Information, Contact: Tom Burgoyne 304-243-2527 or e-mail: tburgoyne@nttc.edu.

Positional Asphyxia Video

OLETC is working with the Jails Division, National Institute of Corrections (NIC), Longmont, Colorado to consider the production of a fifteen minute video concerning positional asphyxia in a jail setting. NIC was requested by their Advisory Board to pursue this request with OLETC. The video production effort is expected to take 12 months.

For Additional Information, Contact: Diane Hedinger 304-243-2473; e-mail: dhedinger@nttc.edu, or Tom Burgoinne 304-243-2527; e-mail: tburgoyne@nttc.edu.

Tuff Cuffs

Tuff Cuffs are disposable handcuffs made by a small company in New York which is seeking to be acquired by a competent manufacturing firm. OLETC is working with Tuff Cuff to assist with market research and finding an acquisition partner. OLETC is initiating the market research.

For Additional Information, Contact: Tom Burgoyne 304-243-2527 or e-mail: tburgoyne@nttc.edu.

Tiger Vision

Tiger Vision is a hand-held day and night vision device developed by a small company who has requested OLETC assistance in market penetration. The device has been given an initial favorable review by the Border Patrol and others. A connection with ITT is being explored to determine if it is a possible low end addition to ITT's night vision product line.

For Additional Information, Contact: Jerry Bortman 304-243-2530 or e-mail: jbortman@nttc.edu.

Innovative Acquisition Strategies

Innovative product acquisition strategies are needed for use by small and medium size State and local law enforcement and corrections organizations. These strategies must include identification of new and innovative ways for the law enforcement community to acquire new technology products. OLETC is planning to develop cost-effective acquisition methods and options including "toolkits" for convincing the decision makers on the value of acquiring new technology-based products and methodologies to illustrate innovative ways to procure or accelerate purchases. OLETC is coordinating with a non-profit organization of progressive and entrepreneurial city and county governments in the United States representing over 20,000 local government entities. OLETC will investigate how to work with state and local governments who have developed good communications and processes to permit their police departments to modernize with the support of the government management and the populace that they serve.

For Additional Information, Contact: Jim Ball 703-866-4740 or e-mail: jball@erols.com.

Creative Funding Initiatives

Building on OLETC's earlier efforts in identifying "Best Practice" creative funding success stories developed in 1995, OLETC is exploring potential partnerships which will examine ways and means to assist law enforcement agencies to raise funds for acquisition of new law enforcement technology products. Such initiatives may include local business sponsorship projects, coupon programs, law enforcement "baseball cards", community service organization fund drives, technology cost benefit toolkits, technology briefing packages, and budget paradigm shift methodologies. OLETC will work with state and local governments and with national and local law enforcement associations in developing this effort.

For Additional Information, Contact: Jim Ball 703-866-4740 or e-mail: jball@erols.com.

Law Enforcement Equipment Buying Cooperative Study

OLETC is conducting a study of the potential and alternative approaches for the establishment of a "Buying Consortium/Cooperative " for use by the LEC community to drive down the cost of new LEC products and provide a new consolidated market for industrial manufacturers. OLETC is also discussing a potential effort in partnership to develop this study.

For Additional Information, Contact: Jim Ball 703-866-4740 or e-mail: jball@erols.com.

Product Implementation Handbook

OLETC is developing a Product Implementation Handbook to be used as a guide by developers and manufacturers to assist them in achieving a successful commercialization effort. The handbook describes the product implementation process, provides guidance on developing technical, market, and business assessments and guidelines on the development of commercialization plans, business plans, and plans for test and evaluation, production, product support, and avoiding or reducing liability risks. Copies of the handbook are available here.

For Additional Information, Contact: Jim Ball 703-866-4740 or e-mail: jball@erols.com.

Regional Alliance

The Public Safety and Law Enforcement Working Group held three monthly gatherings during July, August and September, 1996. The attendees included a ten county region encompassing eastern Ohio, the northern five counties of West Virginia, and Washington and Allegheny counties of Pennsylvania. The alliance was aimed at bringing together entities which share common economic problems as well as crime problems. OLETC offered presentations which served to define the mission of OLETC and NTTC while at the same time presenting new ideas in technology which impact upon law enforcement/corrections. These technologies included presentations from NASA; The Ohio State Highway Patrol, Columbus, Ohio; BDM Federal Inc., McLean, Virginia; Marshall University's School of Medicine, Huntington, West Virginia; Bucks County Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and two software companies from Columbus, Ohio and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The response from the law enforcement/corrections was overwhelming and over fifty attendees were in regular attendance at these meetings.

Training Development Partnership

OLETC is currently involved with a partnering effort for law enforcement training among BDM Federal, a division of BDM International Inc. of McLean, VA, and Wheeling Jesuit University. Appropriate introductions of all parties with appropriate West Virginia public safety officials have laid the groundwork for the partners to place their proposal before the WV State Governor's Law Enforcement and Training Sub-committee tentatively scheduled for November, 1996.

Gang Tracking Systems Report

OLETC recently completed a comprehensive report for the National Institute of Justice titled, Information, Tracking Systems, and Projects related to Security/Community Threat Groups (Criminal Gangs). This report incorporated information on different systems being used in the country by law enforcement agencies, efforts being launched at national, regional and local levels, available information on various communication mediums, and general vendor information on system providers. The report is available for downloading.

For Additional Information, Contact: Jim Ball 703-866-4740 or e-mail: jball@erols.com.

LANL Technology Efforts

OLETC has established a cooperative agreement with the Los Alamos National Laboratory to investigate the commercialization of three technologies with applications to law enforcement needs. Interested developers and manufacturers are asked to contact OLETC to explore partnership agreements. Following are the candidate technologies under consideration:

  1. Mass Spectrometer (Gas Chromatography) technology which will allow police officers to detect the existence of crack houses from a distance. This technology will be able to supplement investigative measures, and may serve as probable cause if efforts to obtain search warrants.

  2. Microwave and/or acoustic sensors for detection of motion (people) behind walls and doors. This technology will enable police officers to know the potential problems they may encounter before entering that particular room or hallway.

  3. A non-detectable, non-scannable transmitter which can be utilized by law enforcement personnel engaged in drug investigations where body recordings are being utilized.

Pick Proof Handcuffs

The need for reliable and efficient constraints for prisoner transport has been highlighted as an issue by the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department and several other large departments which process and transport hundreds of prisoners each day. We undersand that the LACSD has had one murder and the NYPD 4 escapes in the past 6-12 months due to this problem. LACSD has documented the problems in a training video.

The current pick-proof cuff on the market is a complicated and expensive ($60/pair) cuff that requires two keys to unlock, and is unacceptable due to the need for expeditious processing (LACSD handles over 2000 prisoners per day). The Coast Guard also has a similar problem with detainees on ships, and so do other large law enforcement agencies with similar prisoner handling workloads like the LACSD. The LACSD believes that a more reliable cuff can be produced at an acceptable price, potentially with a custom key for each large customer.

OLETC is interested in hearing about the experience and needs of other departments so that we can understand the problem as well as any potential solutions that are available and in use.

For Additional Information, Contact: Jim Ball 703-866-4740 or e-mail: jball@erols.com.

Last Modified: Tuesday, June 24 1997 11:33