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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $298,000)
The goal of this project is to perform a pilot study using to the Shielded Micro Jamming (SMJ) technology demonstration deployed in a whole building housing inmates at the Cumberland FCI, scaling up from a previous demonstration done using a single inmate cell. SMJ block signals to and from wireless devices, such as mobile phones.
The study includes installation of an SMJ system in the targeted building which would take 6-9 months, and proposes testing the system collaboratively performed with NIJ, BOP, DOJ, NTIA, FCC, CTIA, the carriers, and other interested parties. The pilot study will include a report of the results. The deployed SMJ system could also be left at the pilot site, should the correctional facility wish to support its continued operation.
"Note: This project contains a research and/or development component, as defined in applicable law," and complies with Part 200 Uniform Requirements - 2 CFR 200.210(a)(14).
NIJs Communications Technologies Research and Evaluation Program furthers the Department of Justices (DOJs) priorities of reducing crime, protecting officers and other public safety personnel, and reducing victimization by sponsoring research to provide objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice, particularly at the state and local levels. With the FY 2018 solicitation, NIJ sought applications for funding of communications technologies research and evaluation projects to provide objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice, particularly at the state and local levels. NIJ identified two categories:
1. To develop practical knowledge to inform the deployment of mobile broadband communications technologies by law enforcement agencies in the United States.
2. To identify feasible technology solutions to combatting the use of contraband wireless devices in correctional facilities.
Note: This project contains a research and/or development component, as defined in applicable law, and complies with Part 200 Uniform Requirements - 2 CFR 200.210(a)(14).
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