Over the past few years, crowdfunding has proven to be exceptionally successful for a number of projects to include a card game, Wi-Fi light bulb, a movie, a video game console and a smart watch.

  • $1.3M raised in 6 days for a Wi-Fi enabled, multi-color, LED light bulb that's controlled by your smartphone
  • $2M raised in half a day for a movie to be ‘greenlighted’
  • $4M raised in 8 days with over 106,000 contributors for a card game
  • $8.5M raised in 30 days for a video game console
  • $10.3M raised in 30 days for a ‘smart watch’

It is our belief that SEED offers as much, if not more, value to society than any...or all…of these, shall we say, discretionary projects.

HERE is our KICKSTARTER PAGE

ALVA’s objective is to raise $1M to achieve the following:

  1. Design and execute a SEED proof of concept demonstration that will be run in the University of Rochester’s state of the art THz lab with the consulting support of Dr. XC Zhang.

  2. Begin the catalogue development of a molecular Excitation and Secondary Emission library.

  3. Purchase the Hardware necessary to begin development of a SEED ‘Beta Device’.

It is ALVA’s intent to not only have a successful demonstration of SEED’s capabilities within a year but also be well on the way towards the development of a commercial SEED device.

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Levels of Acknowledgement

What do YOU get for your contribution? Unfortunately, current SEC laws do not allow ‘investor shares’ in exchange for crowdfunding contributions. Nor can we realistically offer contributors a working device or ‘discount’ as a token of appreciation.

What we can do, though, is offer a few unique Rewards.

Given the West Point ‘theme’ and association, ALVA will establish five ‘Levels’ of contributions (see Table).

In addition, ALVA intends to donate 10% of future SEED profits to Charity, to include the Wounded Warrior Program and USMA AOG.

And, while this focus may seem to be primarily directed at West Point graduates, it is actually directed to all those who are patriotic and concerned about existential threats but who may never have had the pleasure of visiting West Point or serving in the military. For those of you, your contribution is just as critical.

To all who do contribute or are thinking of doing so, the ALVA Team hopes you will reach out to your friends and relatives and pass on the great news about SEED and how we are developing technology to protect all Americans in this time of world unrest.

 LEVEL
  RANGE
•        ACKNOWLEDGEMENT       •
Concerned Citizen of Humanity   $10 or More (1) Team Membership
(2) Satisfaction in being part of a our Team dedicated to protecting our service members from I.E.D.s – Improvised Explosive Devices, as well as the threat from suicide bombers. 
WOUNDED VETERAN SUPPORTER $50 or More (1) Certificate of Appreciation
(2) Copy (pdf)
 of published book: The Coveted Black & Gold: A Daily Journey Through the U.S. Army Ranger School Experience 
 BLACK

 $500 or More

(1) Certificate of Appreciation
(2) Copy (pdf) of published book: The Coveted Black & Gold
(3) West Point historical tour & luncheon
 GRAY  $1,000 or More (1) Copy (paperback) of published book: The Coveted Black & Gold
(2) West Point historical tour & luncheon
(3) ‘Challenge/Commander’s Coin’ #3
(4) Lottery draw – 10% of this contribution level to attend Formal ‘dining out’ with Paul ‘Bud’ Bucha, USMA ‘65 Medal of Honor recipient, as guest speaker
 GOLD  $5,000 or More  (1) Copy (hard cover) of published book: The Coveted Black & Gold autographed by Paul Bucha
(2) West Point historical tour & luncheon
(3) ‘Challenge/Commander’s Coin’ #2
(4) Lottery draw – 25% of this contribution level to attend Formal ‘dining out’ with Paul ‘Bud’ Bucha, USMA ‘65 Medal of Honor recipient, as guest speaker
 DIAMOND Pledge $10,000 or more  (1) Copy (hard cover) of published book: The Coveted Black & Gold autographed by Paul Bucha
(2) West Point historical tour & luncheon
(3) ‘Challenge/Commander’s Coin’ #1
(4) Formal ‘dining out’ with Paul ‘Bud’ Bucha, USMA ‘65 Medal of Honor recipient, as guest speaker

 

JD Lock Book

Challenge / Commander's Coin

 
Level 1 Diamond #1: Level – Diamond
2” diameter; 14K Gold plated edging; Silver center; ¼ carat diamond
Level 2 Reward #2: Level – Gold
1-¾” diameter; 14K Gold plated edging; Silver plated center
Level 3 Reward #3: Level – Gray
1-½” diameter; Silver edging, Silver plated center

SEEDThreatDetection

While the Hardware components for a Prototype primarily already exist, the objective is to:

(a) Scientifically Validate and Demonstrate the SEED concept within a lab environment
(b) Create the necessary THz Excitation & Secondary Emission library catalogue for materials such as explosives, and
(c) Assemble and Integrate all Hardware and Software components for a viable, out of laboratory SEED Prototype.

The SEED Prototype will essentially be composed of FIVE major components:

  1. Computer CPU – in this case, a laptop
  2. A THz frequency transmitter
  3. A THz high power tube (Excitation)
  4. A Secondary Emission Receiver
  5. A THz Excitation & Secondary Emission library catalogue

SEED Beta Device

 

West Point

Statistically, if the history of adjacent bands of electromagnetic spectrum are any guide, the most compelling and beneficial applications of Terahertz technology are yet to come!

Can SEED really do all we’ve discussed? ALVA certainly believes so and the science and studies to date support that it can. That, as well as one of the world’s most foremost THz experts, says a great deal about SEED’s potential.

Ultimately, though, even if SEED can do only ONE of the things discussed…detect explosives or a myriad of other materials to include illicit drugs, detect diseases, WMD bio agents, Ebola or prevent their growth, isn’t it worth a try? Imagine, if successful, SEED will not be just about saving lives or enhancing security, all exceptionally noble pursuits in their own right, it will also lead to immense economic savings with significant national, as well as international, implications.

In DARPA’s own words, though, SEED may eventually prove itself to be the next Internet.

What could be more honorable an effort that will not only create a living testimonial to Captain Josh Byers and all those who’ve died from the IED and suicide bomber scourge but, will also be a part of history?

One of the great sayings at the United States Military Academy is that “much of the history we teach was made by people we taught.”

West Point, historically, has been a leader…whether on the battlefield, Wall Street or in the corporate board room. SEED is not only another chance for USMA to shine but to also lead the way, as it has so many other times before.

Grip Hands… contribute now… and be a part of history.  

What Better Testimonial

Joshua Byers USMA '96

ALVA's initiative is to prevent the senseless deaths and horrific injuries to service members such as Josh, as well as fellow citizens, from the threat of undetected explosives on both the battlefield and beyond.