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Accurate, proactive monitoring has long been recognized as key to preventing injury and mortality in personnel exposed to a wide range of harmful conditions and stressors. However, limitations in current sensing technologies have made monitoring in harsh conditions impractical or technically unfeasible.

To overcome these challenges, Aptima and its spinoff company Sentinel, along with partners Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame, will collaborate in the development of a dual-use sensor platform technology for the military and commercial sectors.

The companies have been awarded a $2.8 million deal from the SEMI Nano-Bio Materials Consortium (NBMC) to create Sensor-based Monitoring and Assessment via Remote Telemetry and Wearables for Augmentation of Tactical Care and Health, also known as SMARTWATCH, developed as an end-to-end, real-time sensing solution for the rigors of military operations.

This platform is designed as a rugged wrist wearable with swappable biosensors that can be adapted to numerous mission requirements. The platform will fuse a variety of physiological and environmental data to provide wearers, commanders and medical personnel with real-time health and safety intelligence.

It is an adaptable, wearable sensor platform with intelligent analytics to quickly identify warfighter health and environmental hazards in a wide range of settings. Funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory, according to the Aptima.

A key innovation of SMARTWATCH is the combination of a flexible sensor platform that can read for environmental gases, target chemicals, breathe and sweat with an AI-enabled monitoring system to analyze diverse sensor data in context for wearers, missions, and environments.

Applications varied from the detection of jet fuel, toxic industrial chemicals, and pollutants in confined space, maintenance, and industrial settings, to the assessment of the health of warfighters in operational and training environments, to monitoring patients in transit or evacuation.