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Portable Outdoor Boundary Security System

Animal attacks have significantly increased over the past few decades. For instance, black bear attacks resulted in 11 deaths in the 1980’s, 21 in the 1990’s, and 28 so far in the 2000’s. Despite these dangers, camping equipment is the only section of the Sports Equipment market with over $1 Billion in sales that continued to rise from 2007 to 2008. Utah State University is seeking a company interested in commercializing a technology that establishes a security boundary to deter trespassers, providing a timely solution to protect campers. A researcher at Utah State University has developed a portable security system that employs infrared motion sensors and an alarm to deter unwanted trespassers. This is very appealing to outdoor enthusiasts as camping becomes more popular and more dangerous. This technology has several uses including: protecting campers from wildlife, deterring youth from dangerous areas such as waterfronts and cliffs, and protecting crops from wildlife.
   
Applications
Features and Benefits
  • Wildlife deterrent for campers
  • Boundary establishment to deter youth from dangerous situations
  • Protecting crops from wildlife
  • Lightweight design allows for portable, camping-friendly use
  • Simple, reliable technology decreases manufacturing costs and increases product quality
  • Multiple sensor arrangements create customizable boundaries
 
Technology
The portable boundary security system employs infrared motion sensors and a base unit. The sensors can be adjusted to eliminate alarms for small harmless animals such as rabbits, squirrels, and birds. When the sensors detect the movement of a trespasser through the boundary, an alarm is signaled along with flashing lights to deter the intruder and alert the campers or guardians. The sensors can be mounted in a variety of ways including free standing supports or by attachment to established structures such as a trees or walls. The sensors can be arranged to establish a complete perimeter or a boundary line. The number of sensors employed is limitless allowing the user to create a boundary customized to their needs.
 
Development Stage
Prototype boundary security system has been built and tested.
 
Patent Pending
 
CONTACT INFORMATION
Glenn Whichard
Senior Commercialization Associate
Physical Sciences
Glenn.Whichard@usu.edu
(435) 797-9604
Reference: W09080
www.ipso.usu.edu

 

 

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