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The US MoD is interested in multi-spectrum laser protective eyewear that meets the needs of law enforcement and emergency response agencies. Laser protective eyewear is used to protect emergency responders from laser pointer attacks during civil unrest, protests and other types of mass gatherings.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced that the technologies will be included in a market survey conducted by S&T’s National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NUSTL).
The market survey will look at glasses, goggles, face shields and protective films that block multiple spectrums of laser light in the green, blue, violet, red and/or near-infrared spectrums.
“Laser protective eyewear can be just as important as body armor and other types of protective gear worn by frontline emergency responders,” stated NUSTL engineer Rob Casparro, who is the technical project lead. “Powerful laser pointers have the potential to pose serious threats to law enforcement and security personnel. They can obstruct their line of sight and cause temporary or permanent vision loss.”