The Australian Department of Defense (DoD) has selected two companies to develop Fight Recorder, an equivalent of a ‘Black Box’ for its soldiers.
To be developed by Australia’s Myriota and New Zealand-based IMeasureU, the new soldier-worn system will be capable of capturing valuable data on the battlefield.
Australia Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said: “Start-up telecommunications company, Myriota and wearable technology company IMeasureU, were selected from forty-seven quality industry and university applicants from across Australia and New Zealand to develop the Fight Recorder.”
Both the companies will receive $700,000 in grants from the Next Generation Technologies Fund to develop Fight Recorder that will act as an emergency beacon to reduce the time taken to reach and treat battlefield casualties.
Pyne added: “Survival rates for battlefield casualties are closely tied to response times and the Fight Recorder will enable Defence to quickly locate and treat casualties.
“In addition to serving as a location beacon, the data captured by the Fight Recorder could be used to inform the design and performance of soldier equipment and protective wear.”
The Fight Recorder is expected to benefit other physically demanding occupations including emergency services and law enforcement.
The Next Generation Technologies Fund was launched in March to support the development of new technologies for defence needs.
The fund will support research in cyber-security, space capabilities, quantum technologies, trusted autonomous systems, enhanced human performance, medical countermeasures, multi-disciplinary material sciences, integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
It will also assist in the development of advanced sensors, hypersonics and directed energy capabilities.