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Hidalgo Ltd

Hidalgo Wins US Army Contract

Date: 13th July 2005

Cambridgeshire based electronic product design company, Hidalgo Ltd, has been awarded a significant new research and development contract from the US Army to develop its warfighter physiological status monitoring technology.

The technology will be used in the military’s Warfighter Physiological Status Monitoring (WPSM-IC) Programme, a multi-institute activity focused on the gathering and interpretation of physiological data from warfighters in the field. The ultimate goal is to develop a suite of wearable sensors to provide remote identification and monitoring of battlefield casualties. Under this contract Hidalgo will deliver a customised version of its Equivital™ Life Monitor, which will form an integral part of the WPSM system along with various other sensors.

This order follows on from earlier work successfully completed for the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, under the direction of the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM), based in Natick, Massachusetts. This technology programme will incorporate physiological models and algorithms developed over years of research at USARIEM.

“The value of this order to Hidalgo’s programme is immense and we are delighted to be able to continue working with WPSM-IC. The Army’s programme is at the leading edge of the science. The contract will provide operational deployable product in early 2006 and in addition will help us to achieve our goal of making Equivital the benchmark technology for active physiological status monitoring.”

The Equivital™ Life Monitor is a remote physiological monitoring system that combines a comprehensive range of sensors into a small chest-mounted wireless module and allows the wearer’s physiological status to be monitored remotely. It has applications in the protecting lives of military, emergency services and lone working personnel.

Hidalgo, based north of Cambridge, is an integrated electronic product design and development services company specialising in embedded systems, software and hardware design for consumer, medical and professional systems.

USARIEM is a subordinate laboratory of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC), with principal operations located at Fort Detrick, Maryland. The institute’s mission is to conduct basic and applied research to determine how exposure to extreme heat, severe cold, high terrestrial altitude, occupational tasks, physical training, deployment operations, and nutritional factors affect the health and performance of military personnel.