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Child Safe Personalized Weapons Technology Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $249,929)

The Congressionally Selected Awards Program, authorized by the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 (Pub. L. 111-8), helps improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, prevent or combat juvenile delinquency, and/or assist victims of crime (other than compensation). Funds should be used for the projects selected by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-8, and generally consistent with one or more of the following statutory purposes: improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, preventing or combating juvenile delinquency, or assisting victims of crime (other than compensation). Each of these purposes is framed using language drawn, respectively, from the former Byrne discretionary statute, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the Victims of Crime Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 09 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY09 Omnibus Appropriations Act.

The New Jersey Institute of Technology will support the Child Safe Personalized Weapons Project. They will focus on the development of an electronic handgun disabling mechanism which along with Dynamic Grip Recognition to provide a complete child safe weapon demonstrable prototype. This effort aims to further advance the technology by redesigning conformal electronics and higher density sensor arrays. The New Jersey Institute of Technology will focus technical effort on the design and on compact conformal electronics along with higher density grip sensor array for better and robust user authentication. The primary goal is to fully ready the technology for commercialization and transitioning handgun safety into an electronic era.


Date Created: September 20, 2009