If Robocop were assigned to bicycle patrol, this is what he would ride. It’s called the Thoreau Tactical System. Built by 1854 Cycling Co., of Framingham, it’s a police data center on two wheels: a flat-panel touchscreen over the handlebars that displays maps or photos of a fugitive; integrated radios that feed voice communications directly to the officer’s helmet; body sensors that relay vital stats such as pulse and respiration. The system sells for a whopping $10,000, but 1854 Cycling’s founder, Brandale Randolph, has a powerful ally to help his startup target police departments in the United States and around the world: Cambridge-based Draper, the electronics and defense institute best known for writing the software that guided the Apollo astronauts to the moon. Also on the team are Empire Group, an engineering firm that designed the bicycle’s lightweight carbon-fiber frame; the Waltham company Boston Engineering, which designed the full-face radio helmet; and 99 Degrees, of Lawrence, a maker of high-tech clothing that monitors the wearer’s vital signs. Read the full article here.
Bicycles had been a standard resource for police in the late 19th and early 20th century, before motorcycles and cars became widespread and essential transportation and police departments pushed for modernization. Their maneuverability and other advantages—such as the low cost of bikes compared to cars and their approachability—have led many police departments throughout the country to bring back bicycle-mounted officer programs over the last 20 years.
To optimize its bike-mounted program for today’s law enforcement needs, the Framingham, Mass. Police Department tasked 1854 Cycling Company, a Framingham, Mass.-based bicycle and cycling apparel company, to provid electric-assisted bicycles.
The company formed partnerships to assist in the effort with Boston Engineering, Draper and Empire Group, and has relationships with experts at MassTech Collaborative and has met with Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA). Using best practices in human-centered design and engineering, Draper and other collaborators set out to develop a user interface and software application for an electric-assisted bicycle for law enforcement, private security, and emergency medical service personnel. Read the full article here.
Waltham, Mass. — The Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP), has appointed Boston Engineering CTO Mark Smithers to its Board of Directors. MassMEP is a collaborative center dedicated to helping Massachusetts manufacturers meet competitive challenges in an ever-changing economy. “Mark brings an important perspective to MassMEP that is shaped by his experience helping clients commercialize their…Read More
Boston Engineering demonstrated its BIOSwimmer UUV and MASED multi-profile dropsonde at the June 2019 On-water Demo Day at the Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE). As part of the H2O Conference, the full-day COVE event featured ocean industry leaders demonstrating their latest maritime advances in Halifax Harbor. BIOSwimmer™ is a biologically-inspired unmanned underwater vehicle…Read More
MEDIA ADVISORY What: Jose Vazquez will present “Keys to Optimizing Exoskeletons for Military Applications” at WearRAcon 2019. Mr. Vazquez leads Boston Engineering’s Defense & Security practice. Date and Time: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 4:15 p.m. Location: The DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel (Scottsdale, AZ) Presentation Abstract: The U.S. military is evaluating exoskeleton technologies to reduce the physiological burden…Read More