Melbourne based DMTC Limited, in partnership with Defence’s DST Group, has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to companies and researchers who can share knowledge, experience and ideas at an upcoming Human Integrated Sensor System (HISS) workshop. Closing date for the RFI is Wednesday 25 August.
Operating in Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Environments (OCE) is arguably one of the hardest assignments Australian warfighters face. Not only do they have to perform strenuous tasks such as fighting an adversary or supporting civilians in the aftermath of a disaster, they have to do these tasks in the presence of extremely dangerous and most-often invisible threats that can spread rapidly and widely if uncontained.
How is it possible to leverage subtle signals from the human body to rapidly detect and react to infection (or chemical exposure)?
This is the type of challenge that this HISS initiative seeks to tackle, both in the context of defence and national security and also with a view to extend to civilian application (e.g. in Public Health and National Security).
In partnership with DSTG, DMTC is looking for developers and providers of sensing systems, advanced biotechnology and data analytics, to respond to the RFI and participate at the upcoming HISS collaborative workshop.
This workshop will be run as part of Defence’s Operating in Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Environments (OCE) STaR Shot. It is one of the core future focused problems Defence and DSTG are prioritising as part of the More, Together Defence Science and Technology strategy – the sort of problem that can’t be solved alone or without significant advances in science, technology and research.
DMTC and DSTG want to collaborate with industry and academia to solve this challenge.
The HISS initiative aims to bring together leading edge and commercially available wearable sensors and pair them with advanced data analytics approaches to assimilate subtle cues of exposure/infection and give warning before obvious symptoms manifest. This will allow countermeasures to be enacted with greatest effect. Systems are likely to involve heterogeneous networks of sensors and may involve on-skin and/or sub-cutaneous/bio fluid measurement.
Closing date for the RFI is Wednesday 25 August. For more information and RFI response documentation: https://dmtc.com.au/our-activities/human-integrated-sensor-systems/