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DSEI 2019: Bodytrak looks to hypoxia monitoring solution

3rd September 2019 - 10:05 GMT | by Gerrard Cowan in Belfast


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Bodytrak is planning a range of technological upgrades to its physiological monitoring device in the coming months including monitoring hypoxia, with the company set to demonstrate the system at the upcoming DSEI.  

These upgrades are planned for the coming months, CEO of Bodytrak, Leon Marsh, told Shephard. Most notably, it will upgrade its sensor to monitor for conditions associated with oxygen deprivation (such as hypoxia). This will require upgrades in both the hardware and the software side, Marsh said. 

Speaking to Shephard Marsh said that the product has been sold to both the UK Ministry of Defence via the Defence And Security Accelerator. 

Bodytrak is an in-ear device capable of measuring vital signs like core body temperature, motion (including fall detection), heart rate and other data. This information is sent in real-time to a cloud-based analytics platform, which uses machine learning algorithms to provide health and wellbeing alerts to a laptop, smartphone or similar device. 

The product has a range of uses in the defence sector, such as monitoring the health of dismounted soldiers and pilots on operations or in training. 

Bodytrak has had a range of other upgrades since its launch in 2017Marsh said. For example, the form factor has been modified to make the earpiece less bulky. This has required separating the earpiece from the battery and communications modules via a new hub, Marsh said, though it has brought greater capability. 

The system now has cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity along with Bluetooth capability, while the company has also focused on upgrading the software in terms of the algorithms that detect possible warning signs. 

Bodytrak will demonstrate the product at DSEI, showing the live transfer of data from the earpiece to a secondary device, as well as the web-based user interface used to observe the data and any relevant alerts. It will also have a presence at the UK Department of International Trade area, where a soldier will demonstrate the technology.  

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