Test Report of the Open Body Area Network Physiological Status Monitoring (OBAN-PSM) System During a Field Test of Chemical Biological Operations by Coast Guard Strike Teams
Technical Report,01 Jan 2018,08 Apr 2019
U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine Natick United States
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A new physiological status monitoring system, the Open Body Area Network Physiological Status Monitoring OBAN-PSM system was tested for form, fit, and function during operational chemical, biological, radiological, andor nuclear CBRN training exercises held by Coast Guard Strike Teams. Data were collected on sixteen test participants wearing the system and three test participants using the EUD phone. Results from this test show that the heart rate and associated heat strain index HSI appear to be reliable and valid based on reasonableness of data based on the operational and environmental conditions. Skin temperature was not always physiological reasonable and showed great variability. The chest strap caused skin irritation in some but not all individuals. There appeared to be no issues with either the TNB or BLE modes of transmission. All personnel stated that a long-range communication of a minimum of 200 meters is necessary because within the concept of operations CONOPS. The OBAN-PSM system was viewed as a valuable tool for CBRN operational safety if the above areas of concern are addressed.
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