Sagem (Safran group), the French armed forces biomedical research center (IRBA, Institut de Recherche Biomédicale des Armées) and British company Hidalgo have submitted the winning proposal for the European Defense Agency’s Biosensor Information Demonstrator program.
The demonstrator to be developed by the winning team will be used to validate the operational specifications for a planned system that will provide physiological monitoring of dismounted soldiers. It will be incorporated in the warfighter’s C4I (command, control, communications, computers and intelligence) network, transmitting information on physiological condition in real time. Non-intrusive, it will integrate biomedical sensors (to track temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, etc.) and terminals to communicate with command units and the medical corps. Designed for long-term use in tactical environments, and very user-friendly, it will also be compatible with FELIN (1) type soldier modernization systems.
To carry out this latest contract, Sagem will capitalize on the expertise developed as prime contractor for the French army’s FELIN program, in particular C4I aspects.
Hidalgo, a high-tech company, specialising in body-worn performance and health monitoring systems will bring to the table its expertise in real-time, ambulatory physiological monitoring sensors, software and data analysis. The project will also capitalize on the innovative technologies incorporated in its patented Equivital Life Monitor.
The researchers at IRBA, working in concert with Sagem’s ergonomics teams, will call on their investigations of soldiers in combat situations, including the acquisition of physiological data, its fusion and analysis.
Among the many results expected of this program, it should help develop solutions that will improve infantry training. At the same time, it could also meet civilian needs, including civil security, and the monitoring of persons at risk and athletes.
A demonstrator will be delivered by the end of the summer of 2012, and production systems could be available in 2015.
1 – FELIN (Fantassin à Equipements et Liaisons Intégrés) is the integrated equipment system developed and produced by Sagem as prime contractor for soldier modernization programs. The French army has ordered 22,588 to date, and it is now in service with seven regiments.
Sagem (sagem-ds.com) a high-tech company in the Safran group, holds world or European leadership positions in optronics, avionics, electronics and safety-critical software for both civil and military markets. Sagem is the No. 1 company in Europe and No. 3 worldwide for inertial navigation systems (INS) used in air, land and naval applications. It is also the world leader in helicopter flight controls and the European leader in optronics and tactical UAV systems. Operating across the globe through the Safran group, Sagem and its subsidiaries employ 7,500 people in Europe, Southeast Asia and North America. Sagem is the commercial name of the company Sagem Défense Sécurité.
Hidalgo (hidalgo.co.uk) is a wireless innovations company based in Cambridge, UK. Hidalgo specialises in the development and manufacture of products for advanced mobile human monitoring applications under the Equivital and Equivital partner brands. As a world leading provider of mobile human monitoring products Hidalgo has an international base of customers and partners. Hidalgo’s mission is to advance the capabilities of mobile human monitoring technologies in order to make them more widely accessible to professional and consumer users. Through Equivital (equivital.co.uk), Hidalgo wants people to have the knowledge and power of utilising information about themselves.
IRBA (Institut de recherche biomédicale des armées) is the French armed forces biomedical research center. Researchers from the French armed forces’ medical corps work at IRBA, developing programs that meet the needs of both the armed forces and the nation in general. Research focuses on supporting health during operations, as well as prevention, protection and healthcare for all warfighters. The overall objectives are to improve the treatment of the ill and wounded during armed conflicts, and protect the military from threats related to its environment. All research subjects at the IRBA are focused on military-medical themes. They meet the needs of France’s armed forces thanks to special training and targeted evaluations. Furthermore, some programs have spinoffs that can be applied to public health. The IRBA’s areas of expertise include: human factors, operational medical research and CBRN (chemical, bacteriological, radiological, nuclear) risks. It operates in three main areas, namely research, evaluations and training. Its aim is to become the European center of excellence in biomedical research for armed forces.
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