Interactive Textiles Front End Analysis. Phase 1
Final rept. Aug 97-Mar 98
ARMY SOLDIER AND BIOLOGICAL CHEMICAL COMMAND NATICK MA
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A Front End Analysis FEA was initiated to identify Interactive Textiles that could be used by the Soldier Systems Center - Natick SSC-N for the improvement of Soldier System warfighter materiel. Phase I focused on the Sensate Liner, which is a garment constructed to detect the location of a wound in the torso by means of a conductive fiber grid sewn into a t-shirt. The garment would, using attached acoustic sensors, also indicate the type and path of the projectile that penetrated the torso. Future Operational Capabilities were reviewed. A survey was developed to collect judgements of combat effectiveness, mission relevance, technical feasibility, and risk criteria. These data were used to arrive at a Figure of Merit FoM which was then related to management alternatives. The value of the FoM fell in the Monitor Program alternative range. Major conclusions from this analysis were 1 Future Operational Capabilities support a number of alternatives relating to casualty care and tele-medicine concepts and 2 The FoM falls into a range of values corresponding to Management actions of monitoring or consulting. Recommendations were 1 that SSC-N monitor progress of the Sensate Liner project and 2 conduct Phase II of the FEA.
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