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Soldier Black Box in the making

8th September 2017 - 06:09 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Myriota and IMeasureU have been selected to develop the equivalent of a Black Box for soldiers, to be known as the Fight Recorder, the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 7 September.

The two industry partners will receive AUD $700,000 in funding to fully develop the system in cooperation with the DoD.

The Fight Recorder will be a soldier-worn system aimed at capturing valuable data on the battlefield, and will act as an emergency beacon to reduce the time taken to reach and treat battlefield casualties.

Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne, said: ‘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 project funding comes from the Next Generation Technologies Fund, which complements the Defence Innovation Hub launched last year, as the core of the new Defence Innovation System outlined in the Defence Industry Policy Statement. 

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