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Friday, January 29, 2010

Sensor and Surveillance Technologies for Criminal Justice Applications

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and a component of the Office of Justice Programs (OJP). NIJ provides objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to enhance the administration of justice and public safety. NIJ solicits applications to inform its search for the knowledge and tools to guide policy and practice.

NIJ is seeking applications for funding for research and development of sensor and surveillance technologies to address the following specific needs of State and local criminal justice agencies:

1. Detection of the “broad spectrum” of contraband, including metallic and nonmetallic weapons, at any controlled access point. The preferred solution would be a product that, once commercialized, would be commercially available for under $25,000. To prevent contraband from entering correctional facilities, the preferred technology will be a portal that can also detect contraband concealed within body cavities.

2. Noninvasive, continuous monitoring of a subject’s use of both illegal and prescription substances.

3. Detection of trace blood at crime scenes from a distance of 5 feet or greater.

4. Accurate detection of gunshot residue in the field in real time.

5. Ability to extract full streams of digital multimedia evidence (DME) from incompatible systems, while maintaining the integrity of the metadata.

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