During the inaugural 2016 Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Campfire Event a patent was born. A group of Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head EOD Technology Division (NSWC IHEODTD) engineers and scientists met with bomb technicians from the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; New York City Police Department; and the Massachusetts and New Jersey State Police to discuss an EOD case study of the Boston Marathon Bombing. Just a few short minutes later, the group of 17 were wrapping up an idea for a transportable improvised explosive device mitigation device patent.
After approximately two years of working out the details, the patent was filed. And after another two years, on January 20, 2020, US Patent 10,539,404 was issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
“Our Technology Transfer Office’s idea was to bring in civilian public safety bomb technicians, put them in contact with our scientists and engineers, and see if we had technologies that could assist in their mission set,” said Dr. Chris Wilhelm, NSWC IHEODTD Office of Research and Technology applications lead. “The goal was to discuss what sort of blast mitigation devices civilian law enforcement agencies could use that we’ve already developed in the government.”