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Sometimes, the difference between life and death from an injury can depend on minutes. A device that signals first responders immediately when a law enforcement officer wearing an “officer down” vest is shot or stabbed was recently launched and demonstrated by Sprint. The company’s technology, AID – Automated Injury Detection, is made specifically for law enforcement personnel and first responders.

The device sends an immediate call for help to other officers and medical personnel when an officer is attacked in the line of duty. AID transmits an alert message that contains the officer’s ID, the location of the attack shown on a map with GPS coordinates, the location of the injuries (front, back, upper chest, lower chest, upper back, lower back), as well as other medical information such as blood type and allergies.  

The data is sent via the Sprint cellular network to all other designated officers on the network.  The AID Sensor Panel inserts into the body armor without any modification.

“This has been a critical project for our public sector group,” said Jim Spillane, Director of Public Sector. “We believe the safety of law enforcement and the ability to help them quickly when their life is in danger is the highest priority we have. The AID technology can help save lives.”

Sprint,  a communications services company, has teamed with the developer of this technology, Select Engineering Services (SES).