Diver Health Monitoring System (DHMS)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Amount:
$491,377.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00014-09-C-0678
Agency Tracking Number:
N08A-025-0156
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
N08-T025
Solicitation Number:
2008.A
Small Business Information
Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, 03755
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
072021041
Principal Investigator
 David Kynor
 Principal Engineer
 (603) 643-3800
 dbk@creare.com
Business Contact
 James Barry
Title: Principal Engineer
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Email: contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institution
 Research Foundation at SUNY
 Martina Tsai
 U Buffalo Dept of SPS
402 Crofts Hall
Buffalo, NY, 14260
 (716) 645-5000
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Divers operate in a hostile environment that is physically stressful and mentally demanding. They must also function autonomously as communications are very limited during the dive. Each diver must be responsible for his/her own safety, as well as accomplishment of mission objectives. For some time, dive computers have been used to monitor dive profiles (depth and dive duration) and equipment (tank pressure and gas mixture). However, divers have no tools for monitoring the most critical determinant of their safety and effectiveness––their body. The goal of this project is the development of a Diver Health Monitoring System (DHMS). The DHMS will provide the Navy with a powerful capability for real-time monitoring of the electrocardiogram and other key physiological parameters during diving. The system will evolve the concept of the current dive computer into a physiological monitor capable of measuring the diver’s critical “vital signs” and ultimately predict impending problems (e.g., hypothermia and excessive fatigue).

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