Personal Physiological Status Monitoring System
TSWG has sponsored the development of a personnel monitoring system that can collect, record, and report vital signs. Audible and visual alarms alert the commander to critical changes in personnel health status during operations. The Zephyr DPS 1000 physiological monitoring system enables remote monitoring of multiple personnel simultaneously, providing easily understandable and actionable information to a commander. It transmits individual vital signs and biomechanical data over encrypted military radios.
The Zephyr FRS 1000 is the First Responder System variant of the DPS 1000 developed to operate over radio systems such as the Motorola XTS 1500/2500//5000 series. Worn under PPE, the FRS 1000 provides the same vital sign monitoring as the DPS 1000 and is available to firefighters, HAZMAT, Civilian Response Teams, police, and other responder personnel who use data enabled non-encrypted radios.
The DPS/FRS 1000 system incorporates fabric -based sensors with algorithms and transmitter electronics worn around the subject’s chest. The sensor can also be integrated in a tactical vest, T-shirt or polo shirt. The system monitors conditions such as heat state, dehydration or injury by measuring heart rate, respiratory rate, skin temperature, body posture (vertical, prone, supine) and activity (stationary, walking, running). The system transmitter sends the data to a radio interface device (RID), wired or wireless, which is integrated into the operator’s radio microphone. Each operator’s physiology data is received via a command radio and is relayed to a PDA, laptop computer or blue force tracking system display. Stand alone software supports teams up to 64 personnel. The monitoring software provides real time alerts and logging for post event analysis. A dashboard interface provides easy to understand red/orange/green indicators to rapidly assess each team and individual’s physiological status at a glance. It also provides drill down into life sign and trend data to help determine conditions such as heat stress, fatigue and trauma.
Advantages & Limitations:
The military DPS 1000 system gives a commander real time information to effect command and control decisions. Knowing the physical status of personnel, a commander can optimize mission performance, and speed decision and response times for operations in high stress and hazardous environments. The DPS 1000 is small, lightweight, easy to use, and is available in an unobtrusive chest strap or integrated shirt option. The system can be integrated with blue force tracking systems.
The civilian FRS 1000 gives the incident commander, paramedic, safety officer or EMT the ability to monitor the health status of personnel remotely and in real time. This element of the PPE kit has the potential to increase safety, better manage teams through informed command decisions, and conduct remote triage at the fireground, incident scene or during training or rehabilitation. The information can be ported into incident control software and accountability systems so that all resources, responders, and victims/patients can be rapidly screened, checked-in, and tracked on site.
Characteristics Statements and Specifications:
BioSensing module size: 3.15” x 1.5” x .5”
BioSensing module and strap weight: 3 oz.
Five Harness sizes fit chest diameters of 20” to 52”
Internal Lithium rechargeable battery with 18-hour life between charges
Range is dependent on range of VHF radio or satellite comms.
FCC Class 15 compliant
Test and Evaluation Reports:
- BioHarness™ Breathing Rate compared to a Spirometer
- BioHarness™ Heart Rate validation paper
- Final Project Report – Available on request
Additional Specifications - available on request.
Acquisition and Support Pricing: $750 per person based on volume
The above price includes subject monitoring electronics, straps or garments, radio interface devices and monitoring software. The product is commercially available through direct sales with GSA availability planned by 3rd Qtr. 2009.
Contacts at using Departments and Organizations:
James A. Ball
Technology Transition Manager
Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office / Technical Support Working Group
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