First responders trialing IoT sensors in smart shirts

Hexoskin Sensors.

Fed Tech Magazine reports that the Department of Homeland Security is funding research into wearables that can track the health of firefighters and other emergency  services in near real-time.

The initiative brings together , Hexoskin and SensorUp ,two Canadian IoT startups as key leads of the project

Technology from almost 40 other IoT device makers is also involved in the system that allows first responder monitoring with just a one-second delay.

The project will extend the current functionality of Hexoskin’s smart shirt that monitors the health of the wearer. This connected clothing uses sensors to track cardiac and respiration rates without requiring the user to wear equipment on the head or face.

Local Development

New Zealand has a company involved in a similar sensor field called Stretch Sense. Their wearable sensors are designed to unobtrusively measure large and small strains, and transmit the data accurately to a bluetooth enabled device, without the need for constant recalibration.

Whilst their technology is unlikely to be used in a first responder scenario they are making good headway in the following areas…

  • Making better exoskeletons
  • Quantifying comfort in healthcare , sports and wearables
  • Pervasive sensing for connected cars
  • Enabling motion sensing for smart sports garments
Heath Milligan – Stretch Sense

I worked with Heath Milligan who is the global sales and commercial partnerships lead for Stretch Sense when with another NZ technology start-up.  Heath spends a fair amount of time liaising with partners in overseas markets including Japan.

As the Smart City ecosystem in New Zealand and Australia grows it will be good to see these type of applications adopted into sports team training and possibly into emergency crew applications across both countries.

Stretch Sense has been supported by Flying Kiwi Angels and Callaghan Innovation who have provided some matched R&D funding.

Article –  Greg Howard – Founder Smart Cities and IoT ANZ .

IoT BDM Thinxtra – Empowering Internet of Things.

Thinxtra is an Internet of Things (IoT) company founded by IoT experts who share the same passion and expertise: connecting things to improve business processes.

Thinxtra is backed by NZX-listed high-tech company Rakon Limited, which has a history of innovation in communications technology going back some 50 years.

Thinxtra is building a full eco-system of IoT solutions & services to increase productivity, accelerate decision making, improve quality of service or simply solve problems in an economic & connected manner. (Ecosystem partners)


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