8-koi Receives Patent for Military Approved Bollard System

The US Patent Office issued Patent No. US 11,319,681 B2 to 8-koi on May 3, 2022 for a bollard system invented by 8-koi VP of Construction Otto Herrera. The patent application for the physical security device used to restrict vehicular movement was filed August 6, 2020 in response to a DoD customer’s request for a solution to their force protection.

“Their fancy hydraulic traffic retractable bollard system was inoperable because of built up debris and muck within the mechanism. I couldn’t fix the existing problem, nor could the manufacturer, but I thought a simpler retractable system could serve the same purpose,” says Otto. “I proposed a conceptional system with a cardboard model to test the basic functionality for a customer demonstration and they greenlighted it.”

Otto went to work to complete the design and fabricate a full-sized prototype to install and test. The total cost for the first unit is a tremendous cost savings when compared to the dysfunctional barrier system that was installed, not inclusive of the time lost and the associated labor required to maintain the original system.

8-koi’s patented OttoBollardTM deployed at secure facility

The simple OttoBollardTM design is made to be permanently installed, stowed in place, easily maintained, and operated manually to replace more complicated and expensive hydraulic traffic control systems. It is designed to give property owners the choice of how and when they change protection levels and or traffic patterns. As an example of maintainability, 8-koi’s OttoBollardTM was easily repaired and made ready for service with minimal downtime the same day following impact.

Applications include property egress paths, facility egress paths, civic meeting places, and roads and other similar locations where bollard systems are not to be permanently installed and there is a need to modify or change potential traffic patterns. The OttoBollardTM eliminates off site storage of temporary bollards or other similar systems when not in use. The OttoBollardTM reduces recurring costs of transport, manpower, rental, and deployment.

8-koi’s patented OttoBollardTM in the secured position

“Our patented bollard is a simple system that is quick to deploy, operates without electricity or hydraulics, requires no storage, and works in all weather conditions,” says 8-koi President Inga Young. “We are looking forward to targeting sales to municipalities for secure event areas like sports arenas, stadiums, and parks to help with crowd control and hopefully avoid tragic public safety disasters such as the recent parade crashing events we see on the news.”

A woman-owned company, 8-koi currently supports design engineering and construction contracts with public and private organizations to include Eastern Florida State College, Daytona State College, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, and Army Corps of Engineers among others. See more construction capabilities.

DOWNLOAD OttoBollardTM sales flyer PDF.

Voting is OPEN for 8-koi Best of Small Business Award

The Best of Small Business Awards™ is America’s most prestigious honor that recognizes and celebrates the BEST Small to Mid-Sized Business Visionaries. 8-koi is a nominee in the “Small Business of the Year Award” category that recognizes the many achievements of a Small Business that demonstrate exceptional growth in the marketplace, diversity, A+ Customer Service, leadership, a positive workplace environment and a profitable business model. 

Public Voting is OPEN through December 10, 2021. 

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Preferred Service Provider for Palm Beach State College

8-koi’s CDE has been selected as the preferred service provider for Palm Beach State College’s five campuses and will perform structural and MEP continuing services for projects under $1M. For almost two decades CDE has provided engineering support to PBSC. It was the first public State College facility to earn the prestigious USGBC LEED Platinum rating in the State of Florida. Another win, another great day to be 8-koi. Go Team!

STEM Business Innovator of the Year

Space Coast Women In Defense has announced 8-koi as the STEM Business Innovator of the Year for its construction of the 2020 Robotic Mining Competition (RMC) Indoor Arena at KSC!

The competition is designed to promote and engage students in the science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, disciplines critical to NASA’s missions. The newly constructed arena will host the international competition on May 18-22, 2020, at the The Astronauts Memorial Foundation and Education Center at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

Mark your calendar and come celebrate with us at Space Coast WID’s 7th Anniversary Event Saturday, January 25, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Courtyard by Marriott in Cocoa Beach.

Check out the 360 view of the arena.