ESS Awarded Contract with French National Police

October 26, 2010  |  ESS UPDATES
ESS Awarded Contract with French National Police

French Commitment to Personal Protection Fulfilled By Eyewear Manufacturer

Sun Valley, Idaho USA - October 26, 2010

Eye Safety Systems, Inc. (ESS) today announced the complete delivery of the first contracted order for ESS protective eyewear by the French National Police. The initial three orders, totaling 30,000 units of ESS ICE™ eyeshields are destined for issue to Police units throughout France tasked with riot control and general public order missions. The French procurement heralds the first nationwide adoption of a higher standard for police eye protection, and occurs amidst growing recognition that ballistic eyewear is essential to prevent serious injury from similar hazards for which ballistic vests are issued.

Prior to entering into its contract with ESS, The French National Police administered a lengthy solicitation and trials process including tenders from eight eyewear manufacturers. All prospective products were subject to laboratory experiments and real world test scenarios, including the CE EN 166 safety-certification process. Additionally, the ICE™ underwent a final performance validation conducted internally by the French National Police, sustaining multiple close-range shotgun blasts without lens penetration.

ESS French Distributor, MP-Sec France, under Managing Director Mr. Jess Plaiter was awarded the contract and oversaw a process whereby the battlefield-proven ICE™ was re-configured to suit French Police specifications. With the ICE LPB™, ESS created a custom product configuration notable for its high-performance anti-scratch and anti-fog flow-coating techniques, product markings unique to the French Police, and special packaging tailored to customer preference.

Through its contract with the French National Police, ESS anticipates serving the eye-safety needs of additional national and metropolitan police forces. "Eye protection is as essential to law enforcement as it is to the military," commented Connor Duncan, ESS Vice President of International Sales. "The Police Nationale should be commended on its initiative to issue ballistic eyewear as standard equipment, which we expect will serve as an example to similar agencies."  The worldwide mission of ESS is to provide eye protection to law enforcement, militaries, and all who serve public safety.

The ESS ICE™ eyeshield is compliant with U.S. Federal OSHA, ANSI Z87.1+, U.S. MIL SPEC MILPRF-31013, and CE EN 166. All ICE™ lenses provide 100% UVA/UVB protection.

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