The Personal Monitor and Communicator (PMC): An Electronic Dogtag
Final rept. 1 Aug 1987-31 Oct 1989
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This report describes the development of the life detector system for use in the conventional or chemical battlefield. The system can detect motion, and heart rate in military casualties either in conventional or chemical warfare clothing and gear, without violation of the soldiers chemical protective barrier. The system includes two components both of which were delivered to the Army for concept evaluation the Personal Monitor and Communicator PMC which is worn on the wrist of each soldier and the Hand Held Monitor HHM which is carried by the medic. Plethysmographic signals from stainless steel electrodes in the wristband of each PMC are used to determine the heart rate of the soldier andor whether the soldier is moving. Radio communication links allow the HHM to display the data to medics at a range of 5 feet. The system is operational under conditions of conventional or chemical battlefield warfare at all levels up to an including MOPP-4.
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare