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 2006, $3,949,280)
This application encompasses three separate technology projects that will be created to benefit law enforcement agencies and criminal justice organizations in the state of West Virginia with the promise of future national applicability. 'Demonstrating and Optimizing Distributed Network Technology for Large-Scale Code Breaking: Building a DNA Silo Project in West Virginia' is designed to increase law enforcement's ability to process encrypted evidence based on the latest research of use of this technology for criminal purposes. 'WiMAX Communications Technology' is designed to validate the utility and implementation of wireless technology, based on IEEE 802.16 standards, for use as a communications platform on which other broad spectrum communications can be built, specifically focused on the needs of law enforcement officials and other 'first responder' personnel. The third project, 'Defense Against Improvised Explosive Devices' is designed to address the need for small, technologically enhanced, low-cost robots, capable of performing numerous functions, for use by law enforcement, SWAT, and other first responder personnel.
The applicant proposes to continue work in broadband wireless development for local law enforcement. This year's work focus on efforts 1) to expand the coverage area of the wireless broadband network (based on WiMAX technology), 2) to incorporate flexible deployable platforms with non-traditional power sources, and 3) to carry on the development of innovative applications which effectively utilize broadband connectivity. The purpose of the planned work is to prove the utility of WiMAX for use in law enforcement agencies. Also, the applicant is looking to work with other wireless broadband technologies that local law enforcement agencies have the ability to currently use, including systems based on WiFi and 4.9 GHz technologies.
This project is designed to create low cost bomb disposal robots in the law enforcement and first responder communities that are able to perform a wide variety of missions. This project provides a small robot platform with an advanced Operator Control Unit containing a multiple frequency digital radio solution for communications, provide two-way communications and have a day/night pan and tilt camera system. This project will provide a small robot platform with an advanced Operator Control Unit. In addition, the robot platform will include a multi-frequency, digital radio solution capable of two-way communications, and a day/night pan and tilt camera system.
The ability to offer a small robotic platform with these capabilities to a broad customer base will enhance and improve response to dangerous circumstances across the board with respect to first responders. West Virginia High Technology Consortium (WVHTC) Foundation will conduct rigorous test and evaluation of X3 and X4 product models to identify quality issues and provide feedback to the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). The WVHTC Foundation Lead Product Engineer will define a suitable field testing program to examine system toughness and reliable under field operating conditions. WVHTC Foundation will repair or upgrade designated units to meet current product specifications to continue testing. Test results will be documented using appropriate quality control and documentation standards.
NIJ is providing additional funding to perform a test and evaluation of the original twelve (12) units delivered under cooperative agreement number 2006-MU-MU-K006. NIJ is requesting the addition of the WEUF/NEXUS/CORVID integration for two (2) of the original units. The WVHTC Foundation will perform an extended field test and evaluation of these twelve (12) units along with technical support, training, shipping/tracking and a final report. ca/ncf