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A new generation of protection in hazardous environments

06 August 2020

UK-based wearable tech specialist Equivital offers a range of wearables for organisations seeking to reduce mortality from avoidable causes, such as heat stress and falls. The network of sensors can be scaled up or down, according to the level of threat to life.

Image: Equivital
Image: Equivital

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The modular sensors are designed to simplify deployment of Equivital's Black Ghost physiological monitoring system to military, first response and industrial customers. The range includes a high-performance, ATEX-approved smart watch.

Black Ghost offers a lifeline for those who risk their own safety every day in the course of their job. It acts as an early-warning system for dangers like heat stress and extreme fatigue, with a body-worn monitor keeping track of heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature and activity. A mobile user-friendly interface back at base displays and contextualises each individual's key physiological data in real time – enabling timely intervention before there's a problem.

At the heart of the Black Ghost system is its heat stress algorithm. Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) can increase the risk of heat stress – but its effect on cognitive functions means individuals often fail to recognise the danger signs. Black Ghost provides a valuable 15-minute projection warning as an individual approaches critical levels of heat strain. The system also includes GPS location, geofence breach and critical levels of heat strain which can be used to spot early signs of fatigue.

As well as its LifeMonitor body-worn smart sensor in a belt, Equivital offers a choice of modules with different levels of protection. A lightweight, rugged smart watch sensor might be all that's required. Or if a chest belt gets in the way of a safety harness, for example, it could be replaced by a 'smart' shirt to provide physiological data to the level required.

Exclusion zones can be created, with alerts triggered on entry, exit or proximity. The system can also integrate third-party sensor and web data such as chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear hot zones, weather – providing even greater situational awareness.

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