Patent for Sale:

Device and methods for detecting the production of methamphetamine    

Protect rental property investments by early warning sensing and alert of the production of methamphetamine - prevents contamination.

Overview

An opportunity to dominate a market while protecting property owners from the hazard of fire, explosion and contamination associated to the production of methamphetamine. The device is a cost-effective solution for hotels, rental property owners and low income government housing.

A methamphetamine detector can be installed in any room or building, and if needed it can be hidden to prevent tamper issues. A tamper proof warning option protects against disabling of the unit.

The device can be utilized with existing fire or burglar alarm panels or could be manufactured as a standalone unit. The device can be set up to-be used with many different architecture designs to suit almost every application, e.g. wired or wireless detectors with auto dialer. DH+, SCADA, PLC, Radio Telemetry, GSM, WIFI and more (monitoring services could also be available).

The low cost of installation and the proven technology makes this a very cost effective option available to anyone who wants to protect their real estate investment.

Primary Application of the Technology

Hospitality and rental industry. Hotel, motel, rental units, government housing

The Problem Solved by the Technology

Meth can destroy the value of your a rental investment. It can depreciate the property around you. If you are aware of the production of meth in your rental, you are liable.

Legislation and laws are created and more are being created to hold the landlord liable for prevention, not just cleanup.

Risk to Investors that do not have this type of meth alerting device?
• The cost of testing and decontaminating a single room can cost a motel/hotel owner anywhere from $2,000 to $20,000.
• The average cost of a Meth Lab cleanup is over $5000
• According to the American Hotel and Lodging Assoc. nearly 70% of the contaminated properties that involve a Clean Up company are never reported.
• Legislation created to hold owners accountable for disclosing meth contaminated homes and rentals.
• Lawsuits filed and victims compensated because owners did not disclose or provide regulated cleanup for Meth contaminated homes or rentals. Property resale value plummets.

How the Technology Solves the Problem

The tamperproof sensor can activate any security system to the chemicals used to make meth. It will also alert the designated person responsible for looking after the rental unit. Notification does not have to go to the authorities unless a property owner chooses to.

The system is cost effective. A hotel room can be protected for as little as $100, with monitoring and alerts tied into an existing alarm system. A 3 bedroom house can be protected for as little as $1000 with a text or voice alarm going to the customer via cellular SIM card.

Competitive Advantage

Direct Competition: There is no established product on the market capable of proving this type of alert system.

Security and alarm companies have the logistics and infrastructure to support this type of product and could be potential partners or customers - they can add this device and monitoring service to their product offering.

Market potential: 2011 Rental Property Market: Total number of rental properties in the United States 34 Million.

Comments on Deal Structure, Potential Terms and Restrictions

The seller is looking for a company who can invest and market the product to its fullest potential.

The seller may consider selling these patents individually.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does th Meth Detector work?
When chemicals are detected, this Methamphetamine detector will trip an integrated relay which sends a signal to the control panel providing the location address. The panel goes into an alarm state, this can be silent, horn, strobe or other notification methods. Simultaneously, the panel contacts the monitoring agency, then a representative of the monitoring agency contacts the persons on the call list. Typically this is the property manager or owner.

What kind of regular maintenance is needed to maintain a meth detector system?
Sensors should be changed out every 5 years after date of manufacture. Sensors should be tested annually along with the fire alarm systems. Both the alarm and tamper mechanisms should be tested.

Are there any privacy concerns with installing an alert system in a motel, apartment or rental?
We have discussed this issue with attorneys and the consensus is that our sensor is comparable to a smoke detector or other alarm device. It doesn’t monitor the personal activities through video or sound. It is designed to protect the occupants and others e.g. workers and staff, who may come into contact with contaminants.

Why is a Methamphetamine detector surface mounted and not covert?
It is up to the property owner whether to install the detector covert or visible. Most detectors are surface mounted in an attempt to discourage possible meth cooks from cooking.

How much room does a Methamphetamine detector take up?
This Methamphetamine detector is comparable to a thermostat, just a little smaller. It has a lower profile. In some cases it mounts on a 4 inch by 4 inch metal box as well an additional 4 inch by 4 inch metal box for the alarm panel integration. The integration box can be mounted out of sight in a closet. It does not have to be visible.
*This is based on an addressable fire alarm panel. If a conventional panel is used, only the detector will be in the room.

Will my tenants be suspicious if I install methamphetamine alert system?
Most tenants would understand that you are not only trying to protect the asset that you have in your building, but actively trying to protect them from the previous tenants, guests, or somebody else in the building. It could help to attract the right tenants and helps deter undesirable ones.
Meth contamination is a nationwide epidemic. The detector protects the tenant, the guests and the property owner’s investment.

How is it tamperproof?
In order to be totally effective we have taken vigorous steps to make the device tamperproof. State of the art sensing technology has been added to the device to protect it from being disarmed. If the Methamphetamine detector has a bag placed over it, the detector will turn in a trouble alarm to the alarm panel. When this occurs, the panel will then dial out to the monitoring company. The monitoring company will then contact the person on the call, typically a building manager or owner. The monitoring company can isolate the room, and which detector in the room has been tampered with.

If a wire is cut or terminated the detector will dial out to the monitoring company.
If the power is disabled the alarm will dial out to the monitoring company.
The horn strobes and other notification devices can go off, if desired by the customer.

Many notification devices can be setup to go off when a detector is tripped. The monitoring company is contacted; they contact the designated person or organization to respond. The device room location and location in the room can also be found at the main panel and annunciator.
*This theory of operation is based on an addressable fire alarm panel. If a conventional panel is used, the Methamphetamine detectors will most likely have their own zone.

What happens if the power goes off?
If AC power goes off on the alarm panel, the panel will dial out to the monitoring company to let the owner or manager know that AC power has been lost. The back-up batteries will then take over for powering the system. At that point, the panel under the best circumstances will have 24 hours of operation. This is entirely dependent on whether the panel batteries have been well maintained.

Will the methamphetamine system detect if meth was previously cooked in a room?
The methamphetamine sensor can detect previous contamination but this level cannot be converted to a state certification level. This results in a higher background level and alert system cannot determine what the actual hazard is. In no way is this alert system intended to be a device that detects previous activity. The primary function is a device that notifies a designated person that a hazard is immediately present.


Can I be liable for renting a contaminated room?
If you have prior knowledge of meth being cooked on your property it is very possible you could be held liable for health and damages. There are lawsuits in which owners, realtors and landlords have been sued for renting and selling property when they had prior knowledge of meth contamination and did nothing to prevent or clean it up. Property owners should have the ability to be proactive against these types of tenants/guests and this device is a good tool for them.