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explosives detection paving slab
explosives detection paving slab

To make the world a better place you have to take bold steps! Help us pave the way!

We need your support in helping us develop and produce cheap and life-saving PeacePavers: ordinary paving stones which can detect bombs and other explosives, to be placed in every public environment: airport, bus stop, underground entrance, sidewalk outside a public building, sidewalk outside your home etc. etc. 

Our aim in developing these tiles is first and foremost social: we want to save lives. This is why we urgently ask for your donation, so the tiles can be produced and distributed to high-risk areas as quickly as possible. We want this low-cost life-saving technology to be open source, so everybody can make use of it, wherever they are in the world.   

This is how it all started: With a background in printing logos and signs on paving stones, we invented a way to protect full-color prints from UV degradation using graphene. Graphene is a very versatile product, it has many potential uses. In our research into what is known about the functionality of graphene, we found that graphene printed sensors can detect explosives from up to 6 meters.  

 Check: http://www.graphene.manchester.ac.uk/explore/the-applications/sensors/  (not affiliated) 

 In theory it should therefore be possible to print a paving stone with explosives detection print, and place it at every bus stop, entrance or doorway. We at PrintAgora are very motivated to prove our theory because we want to make the world a safer place. We think PrintAgora can do so because we are experts in making concrete paving stones with a print, and we managed to functionalize graphene as UV protection where most companies are still struggling to get to grips with graphene. We want to extend our lead and to take the functionalization of graphene to this next level. And save lives in the process. 

Graphene is very sensitive to any kind of energy. The landing of a single molecule of an explosive material on it's surface would look like throwing a rock in a pond. We have identified some ways to look for the splash and need to tune the components detecting the splash and relaying it to security and safety services to act upon the detection.

To produce the explosives detection paving stones, we are already connected with the right partners from universities and tech institutes around the world and we have identified the right components. We are at the stage where we have a shoe box full with components. But to make a prototype we need more funding to complete the puzzle. 

The challenge is on, please join us NOT having a blast!

Risks and challenges

It may prove impossible to make to paving stones operational. Through our network we have gained access to the necessary components, and can always develop components ourselves. But the costs have to be low enough to make the explosives detection paving stones affordable. We think this can be done: graphene is relatively cheap and omnipresent - it is made from graphite. But our project means getting the technology out of the lab, and into the factory. We are working with a number of universities and tech institutes from around the world, with even more to follow.

Together we can achieve the most, and succeed in producing low-cost, life-saving explosives detection paving slabs.

Help us kickstart this project, let’s NOT have a blast and save lives together!

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    Your name and/or Logo with your pledging number on a commemorative print in composite plaque with the anti explosives logo and the text; "your name" helped the development of the explosives detection paving slabs. Pledge no. "your number".

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    Free consult on functionalizing graphene

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    Our founder, Michel de Ruiter, will visit your facility and will conduct a feasibility study on site. You will get a rapport on how to make value out of graphene. Travel expenses not included.

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