Australia is developing a data recorder to be worn by soldiers on the battlefield, Minister for Defense Industry Christopher Pyne said Thursday.
The “Fight Recorder” — akin to the so-called black box used on aircraft — would act as an emergency beacon to reduce the time taken to reach and treat battlefield casualties.
“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,” Pyne said in a press release.
Australian telecommunications company Myriota and wearable technology company IMeasureU, will conduct the system development with about $559,000 of funding from the government’s Next Generation Technologies Fund.
“Defense will work closely with these companies to help deliver this world-first innovation,” Pyne said.
The minister said that when fully developed the recorder could also be used by emergency services and law enforcement personnel.