The Australian Defence Force is building a 'Black Box' for soldiers on the battlefield

Photo: Commonwealth of Australia/Department of Defence

Australian Defence Forces have enlisted two tech companies to develop what it calls a “Black Box” for soldiers.

The project, known as the “Fight Recorder”, is being developed by South Australian IoT startup Myriota, and New Zealand wearable tech firm IMeasureU.

IMeasureU is already working with the NSW Institute of Sport’s diving team, collecting data for mathematical models for spring board and platform pool divers.

Myriota, which has developed low-cost satellite communications technology, was named best industrial startup at the Internet of Things World conference in Santa Clara, California, earlier this year. It was a finalist in the Telstra business awards for its satellite-linked water tank monitoring system for farms.

The two industry partners have been given a $700,000 grant from the Next Generation Technologies Fund to develop “Fight Recorder”.

Defence industry minister Christopher Pyne said it will be a soldier-worn system aimed at capturing data on the battlefield, and also act as an emergency beacon for 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,” he said.

“The data captured by the Fight Recorder could be used to inform the design and performance of soldier equipment and protective wear.”

The minister also believes that Fight Recorder could help in other physically demanding occupations such as emergency services and law enforcement.

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