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Can data from wearable technology improve soldier wellbeing?

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The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is seeking examples of how data gathered from wearable technology can enhance health and wellbeing in soldiers.

The defence community is looking at wearable devices as a way of gathering data that can be applied in tools that support and protect the capabilities of soldiers.

By utilising the power of wearable sensors to collect physiological data (physical or molecular parameters) in real-time, DASA may be able to accurately monitor for the wearer for signs of injury and potentially predict these injuries before they occur.

DASA said there are gaps in the evidence base to support what metrics can be measured by wearable technologies and how data from these platforms might improve decision-making in a defence context.

The Defence and Science Technology Laboratory (Dstl) aims to understand what metrics can be reliably collected to provide credible value to the defence community (i.e. are of value in supporting confident decision making).

On their behalf, the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has launched a new Innovation Focus Area (IFA): Next Generation Wearable Technology.

This IFA is looking for examples of what data can be gathered from wearable technology, and how this data might support more effective decision-making by defence users to prevent injury to defence personnel.

Can you help? Read the competition document now and submit your idea

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