"The expanded use of the Blast Gauge System provides an objective means for commanders to identify service members who have been exposed to a blast related concussive event."
Rochester, NY (PRWEB) February 28, 2014
The PEO Soldier program, with a mission to “Develop, Acquire, Field, and Sustain affordable integrated state of the art equipment to improve Soldier dominance in Army operations today and in the future,” has done just that by making its first purchase of Blast Gauges for 6 Brigade Combat Teams deploying in the near future.
The Blast Gauge System records a service member's exposure to blast overpressure and provides a visual cue to unit medics and leadership that further evaluation is required, which guides triage and treatment as a result of these concussive forces. While already in use in the Army under an extensive program developed and spearheaded by DARPA, PEO Soldier is now utilizing the technology and building the Blast Gauge into their vision of the future Soldier.
“This award marks the transition of the Blast Gauge System from field research to a requirement,” says Joe Bridgeford, Chief Operating Officer for BlackBox Biometrics. “More importantly, the expanded use of the Blast Gauge System provides an objective means for commanders to identify service members who have been exposed to a blast related concussive event, as well as supporting research efforts for blast induced traumatic brain injury (bTBI).”
Phase I of the order began Friday, February 14, 2014, with the purchase of gauges for approximately 6,250 deploying Soldiers. Phases 2-4 will follow over the next year, and are planned to incorporate Generation 6 of the Blast Gauge. Generation 6 boasts several major improvements, including improved battery life and a High-G Accelerometer. The first Brigade selected by PEO Soldier to receive the Blast Gauge System will field in March, 2014.
About BlackBox Biometrics, Inc. (B3):
BlackBox Biometrics (B3) delivers reliable, innovative systems that capture data associated with concussive encounters, and provide medical personnel with digital information to better understand the event, leading to faster and more accurate treatment. B3 currently supports deployment of this revolutionary technology for explosive blast detection enabling recognition of warfighter exposure and potential for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).