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Sep 13, 2013

SQUID-Technology™ arresting system, developed through contracts from the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, has spawned a series of Non-Lethal spiral technologies that arrest and immobilize vehicles while providing safety both to the user and the target.  ESA licensed the technology to Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Corporation (PSEMC), Chandler, AZ  where two products were developed from the SQUID-Technology: Pit-BUL and Nighthawk.Designed to be quickly deployed, the Pit-BUL™ vehicle arresting barrier ensures no vehicle can escape capture. The Vehicle arresting system remains passive until remotely activated from up to 300 feet away. Law enforcement, DHS, DOD and other organizations can rely on the Pit-BUL™ for roadway checkpoints, high value building/installation entrances, airports and border crossings.  NightHawk™, a lightweight, portable vehicle arresting system deploys...

Sep 13, 2013

Domestic security officers aim to not only replace human divers with an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), but one whose design is derived from nature: the tuna, one of the fastest and most maneuverable fish in the sea. The Biomimetic In-Oil Swimmer (BIO-Swimmer) is such an AUV being developed by Boston Engineering Corporation’s Advanced Systems Group in Waltham, MA, for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology (S&T) Directorate’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.  Tasks for the BIOSwimmer will include conducting ship hull inspections; performing search and rescue missions; and checking cargo holds that may have toxic fluids.  Testing of a second prototype is expected to begin this fall at the Port of Houston. Tests will include in-water examinations of a variety of ship hulls in one of the busiest ports in the nation.

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Sep 13, 2013

Smart Chart AIS (Automatic Identification System), a product developed by Technology Systems, Inc. (TSI) under a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology (S&T) Directorate’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, is a way to improve waterway safety and security for small vessels.  The system is being provided free of charge to all boaters. The Smart Chart AIS concept is based on the fact that the boating community likes their counterparts on land, also own and use smart phones on their boats and that these smart phones could be used to provide tracking similar to ship AIS systems where ships are identified and located by electronically exchanging data with other nearby vessels. From this initial idea the Smart Chart AIS concept for small vessels was developed.  The system provides lots of great resources free of charge, in exchange for users participating in this new form of AIS. TSI’s intent is to eventually place the Smart Chart AIS...

Oct 26, 2011

Balfour Technologies
Bethpage, NY 11714

Highlights: Recipient of 22 SBIR Awards showcases the SBIR program

Founded in 1999 by twin brothers, Robert and Richard Balfour, Balfour Technologies began as a consultancy with expertise in simulation and training. The company’s chief offering was a software program, which they decided to develop themselves rather than use someone else’s product.

“That’s a hard thing to do,” says Rich, Balfour’s president. Indeed, this strategy left the brothers “living from contract to contract over the years … looking for a place to land.” Ultimately, Balfour found a home with the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) research arm, its Science and Technology Directorate (S&T). Its door to this pay dirt: The SBIR Program.

“The SBIR Program is what got us our start,” says Rich. “DHS S&T saw some value in what we were doing. We had Phase I, Phase II, and are in commercialization stages now...