'Fight Recorder' for soldiers being developed


Monday, 11 September, 2017


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Two technology companies have been selected to work with the Australian Government’s Department of Defence to develop the equivalent of a black box for soldiers, known as the ‘Fight Recorder’. When fully developed, the Fight Recorder could provide benefits in other physically demanding occupations including emergency services and law enforcement.

Start-up telecommunications company Myriota and wearable technology company IMeasureU were selected from 47 quality industry and university applicants from across Australia and New Zealand to develop the Fight Recorder for soldiers to capture crucial data on the battlefield.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP said the Fight Recorder would be a soldier-worn system aimed at capturing valuable data on the battlefield and would act as an emergency beacon to reduce the time taken to reach and treat battlefield casualties.

“Survival rates for battlefield casualties are closely tied to response times and the Fight Recorder will enable Defence to quickly locate and treat casualties,” Minister Pyne said.

“In addition to serving as a location beacon, the data captured by the Fight Recorder could be used to inform the design and performance of soldier equipment and protective wear.”

The two industry partners will receive $700,000 and the funding comes from the Next Generation Technologies Fund, which complements the Defence Innovation Hub launched last year, as the core of the new Defence Innovation System outlined in the Defence Industry Policy Statement. These two signature innovation research and development programs, together with the Centre for Defence Industry Capability, deliver on the government’s $1.6 billion commitment to grow Australia’s defence industry and innovation sector.

For more information on the Defence Innovation System, visit www.business.gov.au/cdic.

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