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A Light Weight, Low Power Rapidly Deployable Modular System of SpicySmoke Countermeasures to Protect Perimeters and Structures from Breach

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: 70RSAT22C00000028
Agency Tracking Number: 22.1 DHS221-002-0011-I
Amount: $149,922.12
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DHS221-002
Solicitation Number: 22.1
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-05-05
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-10-04
Small Business Information
200 Westside Square Suite 320
Huntsville, AL 35801-4875
United States
DUNS: 129074840
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael Banish
 Principal Investigator
 (256) 562-0087
Business Contact
 Greg Tucker
Title: CFO
Phone: (256) 562-0087
Research Institution

Polaris Sensor has developed a non-pyrotechnic system that may be used as a countermeasure to protect perimeters and structures from breech without the requirement of complex, heavy or expensive machinery.This modular system is implemented as a fixture or integrated into throwables or drones. These modules can be deployed together or in sequence to immobilize and delay a crowd of bad actors threatening to breech a parameter. CoolSmoke® is a chemical matrix that can be manufactured with a range of malodorant/irritant additives for a crowd diverting effect. This design focuses on capsaicin (a strong irritant) and garlic oil (a maloderant) that have been dissolved and lofted in the CoolSmoke® aerosol.To address the risk of fire from dangerous fusing, we developed this material to be electrically initiated at a low temperature. In particular, SpicySmoke® (CoolSmoke® + capsaicin) offers a combined least lethal chemical obscurant and lachrymator, producing situational confusion and immobilization for bad actors. CoolSmoke® + Garlic Oil could be used as a warning to prevent more aggressive actions. This chemistry base formulation is nontoxic. It is well suited for use among civilians in urban and indoor environments where bystanders are often present.The raw material is like caulk, it does not need to be packaged and can literally be dispensed around entrances and doorways, to provide a last line of defense against a threat.The raw material is undamaged by weather, and can be initiated in water.

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