A Company That Deters, Disrupts, and Delays™ Active Assailants
Crotega was formed as a result of an educator’s vision. The national tragedies of Sandy Hook and other school shootings impelled Jody Allen Crowe to find a solution to active shooter situations. He brought together experts from several fields to research and develop an innovative structural change to buildings that will have a lasting impact on the interior control of buildings.
The concept of a building intruder defensive shield is a first-of-its-kind system for protecting building occupants. SentriZone™ has the potential to change building infrastructures in the same manner fire sprinklers did for fire control.
The SentriZone system dispenses REPULS®, a revolutionary water-based chemical irritant spray, to neutralize active threats. Crotega has pioneered a discreet unmanned remote vehicle, SentriLaunch™, that also deploys the spray.
Crotega has offices and research and manufacturing facilities in Minneapolis, MN.
About The Name
“Crotega” combines the first three letters of founder Jody Allen Crowe’s last name with a form of the Latin verb “tegere“, meaning to cover or shield.
March 2014: The first simulation of the building intruder defensive shield concept is conducted in a soon-to-be-demolished school building in Fargo, ND. Soon after, the Crotega Research Center is opened in Crystal, MN.
September 2014: The first patent is filed.
March 2016: Two years of research in product design leads to the beta placement of the first intruder defensive shield in a public school.
May 2016: A second patent is filed.
June 2016: Development begins on the proprietary touchscreen control software.
October 2016: A third patent is filed.
January 2017: The SentriZone™ system is ready for market. Its unique intuitive system software can monitor multiple zones, allowing building occupants to deploy the system by touch panel upon visual recognition of a threat.
2021: Two additional patents are filed to strengthen the intellectual property of REPULS® and the systems developed to dispense the water-based chemical irritant, protecting Crotega’s products internationally.
The company’s development team is composed of experienced professionals with extensive experience in engineering, school administration, business administration, sales, and knowledge of school shooters. All of the key team members listed below are current members of the company.
Jody Allen Crowe
Founder and CEO
Executive Vice President of Business Development
VP of Operations / Controller
Hospital Security Leader