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Air Force Lab licenses door barricade to protect against active shooters


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 13th, 2019

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has licensed out a safe, sturdy door barricade that is portable and quick to deploy.

Licensee S9 Engineering Technology Corp. aims to commercialize the technology, known as the Fortress, which inserts between the door and the striker plate to secure a pivoting metal block that keeps intruders from breaking through. The Fortress is unique in that it features a hand grip that keeps a user’s fingers out of the jam, allowing for quick and simple installation.

Under the license agreement, S9 will offer the Fortress to both military and non-military customers such as schools that aim to protect students and teachers from mass shootings.

According to S9 founder Matt Srnoyachki, the start-up began working on door locks during the AFRL Commanders Challenge in 2015. Since then, over 1,413 mass shootings have occurred in U.S. (Mass shootings are defined as those having four or more victims injured in a single time frame, not including the perpetrator.)

“There’s only a few ways unarmed people can protect themselves in the case of an active shooting,” says Srnoyachki. “Our technology can substantially increase the strength of a door.”

TechLink, the tech transfer company that partners with the Department of Defense, helped facilitate the license agreement through the Air Force Technology Transfer & Transition program.

Source: TechLink

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