Knight Guard: An Initial Stage Opportunity
[While walking to her dorm after an evening class a student is attacked from behind by a stronger and heavier assailant. He pins her arms together and covers her mouth. He whispers that if she makes a sound he will hurt her as he drags her into a wooded area. She can’t reach for any type of alarm or defensive device, her cellphone is thrown into a pond… ]
As his young daughter grabbed the leash to walk the family dog around the lake in front of their Orlando home, her father glanced at his watch. The sun was shining and they were in the tranquil and familiar territory of their own lovely neighborhood. Nevertheless, by force of habit, he knew the time it would take for her to circle the lake and be back in the house. It was 12 to 14 minutes and he intuitively monitored the time.
When 15 minutes passed, he walked into his front yard and saw his daughter, a little over 100 yards away, talking to three men in what looked like painter’s clothes standing next to a white van parked against the curb. The father called to his daughter, she waved smiling and the three men moved nonchalantly into the van and drove away. She told her father they were asking for directions. Maybe they were and he was just overprotective; in a few short years his daughter would be leaving this peaceful neighborhood for college, but the question of “what if,” never left his mind.
Dad started looking at statistics and found that, unfortunately, this is not only a fear in suburban neighborhoods. The likelihood of some form of sexual assault among women in higher educational institutions is between 20 and 25 percent over the course of a college career, according to the Sexual Assault Awareness Month website. Tragically the question has moved from “what if” to practically “when,” such a scary or perhaps irreversible experience will occur.
Changing the Odds
In this case, the dad was Tom Bland, a local businessman, a member of the UCF College of Business Administration Hall of Fame, the recipient of UCF’s College of Business Administration’s Professional Achievement award in 2010, and more. He has always opted for creative solutions, rather than wringing his hands or accepting the status quo when faced with a challenge like the one illustrated above.
The difficulties in addressing this problem however are significant, consider this scenario: While walking to her dorm after an evening class a student is attacked from behind by a stronger and heavier assailant. He pins her arms together and covers her mouth. He whispers that if she makes a sound he will hurt her as he drags her into a wooded area. She can’t reach for any type of alarm or defensive device, her cellphone is thrown into a pond…
“What if, instead,” Bland, the founder of Knight Guard explains, “without alerting her assailant, she is able to temporarily render the assailant harmless and escape while also instantly sending a signal notifying law enforcement that she is in danger? Immediately her location and identity, even in a multistory building or parking lot, is ascertained at the police’s security center. Simultaneously a highly advanced and agile autonomous drone with video capabilities is dispatched to give eyes on the situation, identifying the predator and even following a vehicle until officers are able to intervene.”
This is one of the core technologies that Knight Guard is moving from concept to market.
HandCuffs or Body Bags
It is not only civilians that can be victims, law enforcement officers are frequently forced to make life and death decisions, often seeing deadly force as their only option. The trauma from such incidents can turn officers and non-violent suspects into victims as well. These tragic situations change those individuals, their loved ones and communities forever. Many in law enforcement feel concerned about the daily dangers of completing their jobs and the potential consequences to their lives if they have to act in the line of duty.
Most citizens and police officers feel that a heightened security presence is warranted. By using Knight Guard, connection to local law enforcement can be instantaneous. Non-lethal force may result in a criminal in handcuffs instead of a body bag. Knight Guard can be an effective alternative that can greatly change the outcome of a violent crime.
Knight Guard is a new patent pending technology that could allow people to utilize “active,” non-lethal defense mechanisms to repel attackers and alert law enforcement officials without being detected by the attacker. Knight Guard is also working on technologies that enable police officers to use non-lethal methods to control or apprehend suspects. It will soon be moving from patent to product manufacturing and distribution.
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