Blueforce Development Announces Support for Shimmer Wireless Sensor Platform

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Blueforce Development will integrate and support the Shimmer Wireless Sensor Platform for its product offerings in the defense, homeland security, and intelligence community markets

Combine this with native collaboration capabilities and interior and exterior location tracking capabilities that Blueforce provides, and teams have the ultimate mobile tactical decision support solution.

Shimmer Research and Blueforce Development Corporation have partnered to deliver state of the art technology which enhances life safety and mission efficiency for national security teams working in “last tactical mile” environments. The combined solution will provide an aggregated situational awareness "heartbeat" by interfacing with person-attached biotelemetry, environmental, and life safety sensors. Coupled with Shimmer’s embedded gyroscope and accelerometer, this combined solution offers an unprecedented level of situational awareness for each and every team member using Blueforce Tactical software as part of their national security mission.

Blueforce’s patent-pending mobile software enables the rapid formation of tactical teams and facilitates secure information sharing amongst team members using Windows Mobile Smartphones and PDAs. The software provides shared awareness and extended presence of people, sensors, and services; and it enables secure information exchange between them via standard cellular, WIFI, WiMAX, satellite, and/or mesh networks. Shimmer™ is a small wireless sensor platform designed to support wearable applications. The partnership between Shimmer Research and Blueforce Development facilitates a whole new suite of Blueforce products using a single Blueforce software plugin that communicates to the Shimmer hardware interface thereby providing awareness of a multitude of person-attached sensors. This combination will have a profound impact on life safety, mission efficiency, and the movement of perishable tactical mission data amongst team members and commanders.

“For the first time, we can fuse heartrate, respiration, and body temperature biotelemetry of a first responder or warfighter with other sensor data, such as that coming off of a belt-attached chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, explosive (CBRNE) sensor or any other sensors attached to the body. Blueforce aggregates this data for each team member using Blueforce software installed on their cell phone, and makes it sharable on a need-to-know basis with the rest of a team,” said Michael Helfrich, Blueforce Founder and CEO. “Combine this with native collaboration capabilities and interior and exterior location tracking capabilities that Blueforce provides, and teams have the ultimate mobile tactical decision support solution.”

Kieran Daly VP Business Development – Shimmer Research said, “We are delighted to work with Blueforce Development and are very excited by the potential of this relationship. Our joint efforts will enable Blueforce to further advance their technology which will firmly establish the company as market leader in the national security field. ”

About Blueforce Development Corporation

Blueforce Development Corporation is a software company, headquartered and incorporated in Massachusetts, which has built a patent-pending software platform that enables information sharing among people using mobile, handheld, wireless devices. The software provides shared awareness and extended presence of people, sensors, and services; and it facilitates secure information exchange between each of the endpoints. For more information about Blueforce products and services, visit our website at http://www.blueforcedev.com.

About Shimmer Research

Shimmer is a wireless sensor platform that allows the user to record and transmit a wide range of physiological and sensor data. Shimmer enables interaction with your environment by providing a wireless sensing solution that is small, lightweight, and has low power consumption, which can easily integrate and interact with existing technologies. Shimmer information is available at http://www.shimmer-research.com.

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