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Department of Transportation
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Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
The Mackinac Technology Company
1763 Watermark Drive SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546-6492
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Transit Safety
Agency: DOT
Contract: DTRT57-13-C-10044
Award Amount: $149,441.25


The Mackinac Technology Company is proposing to develop a novel antireflection film that will virtually eliminate the reflection of interior lighting on transit bus windshields and significantly improve driver visibility and passenger/pedestrian safety. Additives are incorporated into windshield glass to reduce solar glare during daylight hours. These additives have the unfortunate effect of increasing the reflection of interior lighting at night. This problem is particularly troublesome for transit bus operators as they are required to maintain a minimum level of interior lighting for the passenger. The proposed SBIR innovation will result in a polymer film that, when adhered to the interior side of a bus windshield, will virtually eliminate reflection irrespective of the angle of incidence. This window film could be easily applied to existing bus windshields for a low cost solution to a critical safety challenge.

Principal Investigator:

John Slagter
(616) 915-5715

Business Contact:

John Slagter
(616) 915-5715
Small Business Information at Submission:

The Mackinac Technology Company
1763 Watermark Dr. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546-

EIN/Tax ID: 260273288
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No