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European Working Group on Non Lethal Weapons 6th European Symposium Page 1 TOWARDS A TEST STANDARD FOR CONDUCTED ENERGY WEAPONS
 

Summary: European Working Group on Non Lethal Weapons 6th European Symposium Page 1
TOWARDS A TEST STANDARD FOR CONDUCTED ENERGY WEAPONS
Andy Adler, David Dawson
Carleton University, Ottawa ON Canada
ABSTRACT:
Conducted Energy Weapons (CEWs) are increasingly used by police in many countries
as a less-lethal use of force option. The most widely-used CEWs work by firing two small
darts (electrodes) attached to wires into the subject to transmit a pulsatile electrical signal
sufficiently rapid and with enough energy to cause muscular incapacitation. Public concern
over the safety of CEWs and the recommendations of a public commision of inquiry in
Canada have driven the need for a test protocol to ensure that weapons continue to
function properly, meet safety standards, and can be repaired or withdrawn if they do not.
We propose a framework standard for testing of CEWs in which the main section addresses
the general testing of CEWs, with annexes for the specific details for the two most common
weapons in service. The standard is designed for routine (periodic) and post-incident
inspection, and requires three 5-second firings of the weapon into a test load and data
acquisition system. The test protocol includes an absolute permitted maximum charge,
capture of every pulse in a 5 second window and sufficiently high sampling rates to ensure
less than 1% error in signal capture and analysis. The initial framework for the standard was
elaborated at workshops held at Carleton University (May 2009 and May 2010) and

  

Source: Adler, Andy - Department of Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences