Wearable Device to Assist Medical Evacuation of Australian Soldiers

Hrachya H
by Hrachya H

A recent press release from Australian Department of Defence announced that two companies will be granted a $700,000 (possibly Australian dollars) from Australian Next Generation Technologies Fund to develop a soldier wearable device which will collect data concerning the soldier’s condition and location in the battlefield. In case if the soldier is wounded the device will work as an emergency beacon. It is expected to aid faster medical assistance and evacuation thus possibly reducing the casualty rates. The device is called Fight Recorder and as the press release describes, it is the equivalent of a Black Box for soldiers.

According to Australian Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne, this device can also transmit data concerning the performance of the soldier’s protective equipment.

Two companies called Myriota and IMeasureU were selected from 47 applicants from Australia and New Zealand. Myriota is a telecommunications company and IMeasureU is specialized in wearable technologies making products for the sports market.

The military device will probably be similar to an existing IMeasureU product shown on the top image of this article.

I think this technology is a very important one in terms of saving soldiers’ lives. There can be situations when wounded soldier’s status isn’t identified quickly enough because of loss of consciousness on the battlefield. Such system will allow the command to immediately identify the life threat and arrange a medical evacuation.

Hrachya H
Hrachya H

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  • Harry Buttle Harry Buttle on Sep 19, 2017

    I'm going to assume that these won't be issued in a scenario where the enemy has significant EW capabilities (spoofing, tracking etc).

    However, the transmission side I assume, would be triggered by events (ie getting hit) so the enemy already know your location, also with individual radios transmissions are already going on, I'd also assume that these devices would 'report' to Pl or Coy level rather than a high power transmission further back.

    • Noob Noob on Sep 20, 2017

      @Harry Buttle It could also be triggered by falling off a cliff and compounding your femur through an artery. That has got to perturb your vital signs enough to trigger an alert or the alert isn't useful for anything but graves registration.

  • Dermot Rooney Dermot Rooney on Sep 20, 2017

    No need to hack it. Once a handful of these start emitting, the bad guys will pick it up with RDF and drop a ton of ordnance on the signal. Check: http://www.wapentakes.com/w...