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DARPA Wants to Collect ‘Physiological Signals’ at a Distance and Through Walls

Posted By admin On November 21, 2011 @ 4:18 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

cryptogon.com [1]
November 21, 2011

Via: Office of the Secretary of Defense / DARPA [2]:

TECHNOLOGY AREAS: Information Systems, Biomedical, Electronics, Battlespace

OBJECTIVE: Demonstrate the ability to collect, localize, and evaluate physiological signals (e.g., heart rate) at distances greater than 10 meters, non-line-of-sight, and through solid objects (walls, rock, concrete, etc.).

DESCRIPTION: There is a need to remotely detect, collect, and evaluate physiological signals of interest. Applications and concepts-of-operations (CONOPs) that would benefit from this capability include, but are not limited to: building-clearing, warfighter health monitoring or battle damage assessment and triage, situational awareness and assessment. Existing micro-impulse radar (MIR) and ultra-wideband (U) technologies have the capability of detecting heartbeat and respiration at distances up to- 8 meters (1) but are limited in at greater distances and in challenging environments, such as penetration through thick or multiple walls, concrete, and RF-noisy environments. There is interest in counting and localizing the sources of multiple physiological signatures in a cluttered environment. For example, in a building that has experienced a catastrophic event (fire, earthquake, etc.), the detection of survivors and assessment of their medical condition, in addition to their location to within 1 meter accuracy, would improve the likelihood of recovery of personnel and their survivability. Additionally in a crowded environment it is highly challenging to uniquely identify persons based on collection of physiological signatures, such as electrocardiograms (ECGs). It is possible that high-frequency ECGs or other signals could improve the confidence level in unique identification. Approaches using “on body” sensors that transmit signals to remote locations will NOT be considered.


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[1] cryptogon.com: http://cryptogon.com/?p=26064

[2] Office of the Secretary of Defense / DARPA: http://www.acq.osd.mil/osbp/sbir/solicitations/sbir20121/darpa121.htm

[3] DARPA wants ‘clandestine’ 3D building-interior mapping kit: http://www.prisonplanet.com/darpa-wants-clandestine-3d-building-interior-mapping-kit.html

[4] Will airports screen for body signals? Researchers hope so: http://www.prisonplanet.com/will-airports-screen-for-body-signals-researchers-hope-so.html

[5] Homeland Security Previews Physiological Bio-Screeners: http://www.prisonplanet.com/homeland-security-previews-physiological-bio-screeners.html

[6] Law enforcement, government agencies to use surveillance robot that can peer through walls, see you breathe: http://www.prisonplanet.com/law-enforcement-government-agencies-to-use-surveillance-robot-that-can-peer-through-walls-see-you-breathe.html

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