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Teresa S. Thomas
Carnegie Mellon

Cindy Barone

For immediate release:
December 8, 2004

OLETC, Carnegie Mellon University Announce Technology Transition Partnership

PITTSBURGH—The Office of Law Enforcement Technology Commercialization (OLETC) and Carnegie Mellon University have announced a partnership that will help to transition technology developed by Carnegie Mellon into the law enforcement, public safety, first responder, homeland security and corrections markets.

A program of the National Institute of Justice's Office of Science and Technology and located in Wheeling, W.V., OLETC assists in the commercialization of innovative technology for use by the law enforcement and corrections communities.

OLETC is a unique resource whose primary mission is the development and deployment of a national program to assist the commercialization of U.S. technology and innovation for use by the Law Enforcement and Corrections community. OLETC provides special services and assistance to innovators, entrepreneurs, universities, federal and national laboratories and U.S. manufacturers in commercializing our country's vast technical and intellectual resources.

"A partnership of this nature demonstrates OLETC and Carnegie Mellon's shared commitment to the safety of our nation's corrections, police and emergency response personnel. OLETC has enjoyed considerable success with regard to its commercialization efforts and this alliance will serve to further enhance the quality of service we deliver to our clients," said Nick Tomlin, director of OLETC. Tomlin added that "the generous support of Congressman Alan B. Mollohan and the National Institute of Justice have been very helpful."

OLETC and Carnegie Mellon will connect researchers developing advanced technologies for identifying hidden threats with the industrial professionals who will create products to improve security at public and private facilities.

Specifically, the partnership calls for OLETC and Carnegie Mellon to collaborate to license technologies such as software to improve security screening and sensor networks. Another example is Carnegie Mellon's program for Networks of Robots and Sensors for First Responders, sponsored by the National Science Foundation Information Technology Research Program. Other research with potential commercial application includes devices that detect chemical and biological threats in the air and water, databases that match faces of terrorists or criminals, and surveillance and search-and-rescue robots.

"Our interaction with industry in the fields of advanced materials, software and engineering leads to the next cycle of innovation and commercialization. Our hope is that our society will benefit from these new tools for the public safety and protection," said Robert Conway of Carnegie Mellon's Innovation Transfer Center.

OLETC's commercialization successes include numerous high technology items such as the Mobile Emergency Response System. GeoAge's Mobile Emergency Response System enables clients to capture information in the field, transmit it along with a Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) record of time and location, and integrate the time-location-stamped data into a geographic database. Other commercialization successes include non-lethal systems that protect law enforcement officers in confrontational situations.

At present, more than 100 technologists and entrepreneurs are receiving assistance from OLETC. From a helmet that lets corrections officers "hear" with their bones to puncture-resistant latex gloves that aid in the prevention of transmission of diseases from inmates, OLETC has established itself as a premier national commercialization program by providing unparalleled assistance to technologists in every step of the commercialization process.

About Carnegie Mellon's Innovation Transfer Center
Carnegie Mellon's Innovation Transfer Center (ITC),, connects companies with Carnegie Mellon innovations. ITC works closely with Carnegie Mellon's faculty and researchers to transfer technologies to private companies that can introduce new products and services to the public. ITC also creates university spin-off companies based on advanced technologies.

Developed in 1995, OLETC is a program of the National Institute of Justice's Office of Science and Technology and is located in Wheeling, W.V. OLETC assists in the commercialization of innovative technology for use by the law enforcement and corrections communities. For more information about all of OLETC's programs, visit


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