A Reusable, Non-Toxic, Non-Lethal Activated Barrier to Delay Unauthorized Intruders by Vision Obscuration

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-96ER82114
Agency Tracking Number: 34594
Amount: $75,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1996
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
161 West Jackson Street, Elmhurst, IL, 60126
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mr. Anthony D. Valente
 Senior Analyst
 (708) 833-1211
Business Contact
 Mr. Anthony D. Valente
Title: CEO
Phone: (708) 833-1211
Research Institution
40436 November 18, 1996 Advanced Safeguards, Inc. In high-security Department of Energy and Department of Defense facilities, cold-chemical smoke generators are used to produce visual obscurants in order to delay unauthorized intruders. The technology is based on the rapid rejection of two chemicals, contained within the device, into the surrounding air where they combine to form a fine particulate, opaque cloud (smoke). While this device provides good visual obscuration, the stored chemicals are toxic and potentially harmful to humans, the unit is expensive to manufacture, and it can be "activated" only once. In addition, recent evidence indicates the existence of long-term performance degradation due to stored chemical migration into the intricately machined dispensing manifold. Phase I of this project will identify an alternative non-toxic, non-lethal technology, which meets existing obscuration performance and eliminates the disadvantages noted. Phase II will specify a simple prototype design and verification test plan, build and test the production prototype, and finalize the design and prepare a manufacturing package. Anticipated Results/Potential Commercial Applications as described by the awardee: A visual obscurant device, which is not harmful to humans nor expensive to manufacture, should be deployed extensively in Federally owned, high security facilities. Given its modest cost and benign contents, the device should also be widely accepted by industry. The device would significantly complicate criminal penetration of protected assets without the potential for "wrongful" harm lawsuits.

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