Development of a non-invasive diver monitoring system

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-08-M-0285
Agency Tracking Number: N08A-025-0295
Amount: $69,952.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-T025
Solicitation Number: 2008.A
Small Business Information
9500 Innovation Drive, Manassas, VA, 20110
DUNS: 945837219
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Sevick
 Principal Investigator
 (703) 368-6107
Business Contact
 Christine Sigety
Title: Manager of Business Support
Phone: (703) 368-6107
Research Institution
 Neal W Pollock
 Divers Alert Network
6 Colony Place
Durham, NC, 27708
 (919) 684-2984
 Nonprofit college or university
Navy and commercial divers are subjected to extreme environmental conditions which can compromise physiological and/or cognitive state. Divers are at risk of various health complications which can ultimately lead to death including barotraumas, hypo/hyperthermia, nitrogen narcosis, oxygen toxicity, decompression sickness, arterial gas embolism, and high pressure nervous syndrome. Even if the diver suffers no physical harm, their cognitive state can be compromised by mental and physical fatigue, stress, sleep deprivation, underwater blasts, and diving in polluted water. When cognitive state is impaired, divers can make mistakes and entire missions can be placed at risk. The safety and efficiency diving operations would be greatly improved if diver’s vital signs could be monitored by personnel on the surface. Data of interest might include bubble monitoring, core and skin body temperature, partial pressure of nitrogen, carbon dioxide and oxygen, respiratory rate, EEG, ECG, heart rate, ambient water temperature, depth, time of dive, blood pressure, noise dosimetry and a battery of cognitive measures. The opportunity exists to develop a Diver Monitor with all-inclusive data collection and analysis capability by leveraging advances in Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) computing technology, communications and environment monitoring built into Diving gear, bubble detectors, and wireless underwater acoustic modems.

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