New Technologies

The National Security Technology Center has achieved notable successes in the design and development of innovative devices with wide-ranging national security applications. For more information, send an email to NSTC.

Access Rate Control System

Developed to support safeguards and security, ARCS is a fully mechanical, ready-to-install kit that controls the speed of a person's entry through full-height turnstiles. The higher the speed, the more force is generated by ARCS on the rotor to slow the operator. At a preset normal entry speed, the operator can pass through with minimal rotor force, and ARCS freewheels on exit. This low-cost kit can be installed quickly on new or existing turnstiles. Its rugged, maintenance-free design incorporates a solid attachment to the turnstile rotor shaft, eliminating the need for chain or belt drive and for tension adjustment or sensitive alignment in the field. Simple modifications can be made and fabricated to fit various turnstile models.

Chemical Agent Detector/Interrogator

This gun-like tool is an example of innovative technology — a true breakthrough for law enforcement. It detects ammonia; hydrogen sulfide; alcohol, toluene, xylene and other volatile organic vapors; Freon; propane; methane; typical combustible gas; gasoline and diesel exhaust; carbon dioxide; and ether. Easy to assemble, this device is rugged and reliable and has a powered sampling system. It is also a cost-effective technology.

Omni Jaw 5™

This high-power hydraulic tool can generate up to 5 tons of force on the cutting jaw. Actuated by an electric trigger placed ergonomically on the handle, the longer the momentary trigger is held open, the higher the force it will generate (up to 5 tons). This feature allows the tool to use only the minimum amount of power required to cut a bolt. The system automatically resets itself and the cutting jaw returns to the open position when the trigger is released.

Improvised Explosive Device Detection Software

Currently in conceptual development, this software tool will predict the most likely locations for an IED detonation in a selected area. It combines elements essential to efficient analysis of diverse IED data and elements necessary for the concise presentation of probability of detonation based on user-defined scenarios and objectives. The elements essential to accomplishing this goal are: (1) a mathematics engine capable of generating regionalized, multivariable probability density functions describing the relationship of location, probability of IED presence (assembly, placement), IED detonation history, target value, target presence, etc; (2) an easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI); and (3) a database with interfaces/hooks into the GUI and mathematics engine. Prediction of highest probability detonation locations is superior to attempting to defeat IEDs because neutralization approaches must constantly adapt to accommodate new IED technology.

Integrated Route, Risk, Resource, Analysis and Allocation Model

A decision support and probability-based analysis tool, IR3AM downloads flights plan data of domestic and international flights and identifies critical infrastructure data along their routes. It then enables rating potential critical infrastructure targets as to the consequences of their loss. In addition, IR3AM provides a risk rating for individual flights to assist in allocation of law enforcement resources.

Portable Casualty Transfer Panels

Portable Casualty Transfer Panels (PCTP) are being developed to quickly transform various transportation conveyances — including school buses, transit buses, light rail, and passenger railroad coaches — into evacuation vehicles for injured or special needs citizens following a disaster or a large-scale terrorist attack.