This awardee has received supplemental funding. This award detail page includes information about both the original award and supplemental awards.
Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2005, $100,000)
In this grant project, Boyer & Associates will subject the Road Sentry' human-portable vehicle immobilizing device to design modifications so as to improve its operational deployment capability. The design modifications are intended to optimize the device's life-cycle costs as well as its weight, shape, size, portability, appearance, ease of setup, ease of stowage, ease of operation, user safety, training, and so forth, to assure that the device is ergonomically and functionally compliant with law enforcement officer deployment requirements. Boyer & Associates will consult with the NIJ National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center - West, to identify law enforcement officer deployment requirements. Boyer & Associates will subsequently conduct a reliability assessment and a human factors engineering assessment of the current device's design configuration to determine how the device may be optimally redesigned. The grantee will then undertake the redesign of the Road Sentry device as warranted by the analyses.
The Road Sentry project has been an ongoing NIJ effort. This device is pre-emplaced in the roadway and once armed will give an electrostatic discharge to a vehicle that moves over the device and cause the engine to stop. This funding will be used to continue optimization of the device. The grantee will develop that is higher power and can be powered by a police vehicle. Currently, the device is being run by a generator for demonstration purposes.
The proposed program will optimize the current Road SentryTM electrical vehicle stopper device for effective mobile deployment into stressing tactical environments as required for critical military and law enforcement missions. The results of project will provide a new tool for for use by state and local criminal justice agencies. The Road SentryTM device will be modified to increase effectiveness against modern fuel injected vehicles and new light diesel engine propelled vehicles with electronic ignition controls. This device will be able stop and/or disable vehicles that could pose a danger to people, buildings, and other resources.
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