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Zephyr Technology to show new capability for real-time physiological monitoring of firefighters and first responders at FRI

Published on 19 August 2009

The new BioHarness First Responder System from Zephyr Technology will be exhibited at Fire Rescue International (FRI) 2009
Zephyr Technology's new BioHarness First Responder System will be exhibited at FRI 2009
New BioHarness system will be exhibited at FRI

They put themselves in harms way to protect us. Now, a new product from Zephyr Technology, is helping to protect firefighters and first responders in the line of duty by monitoring their vital signs in real time. Zephyr's new BioHarness™ First Responder System (FRS 1000) offers unprecedented visibility of the physiological status of teams operating in the most challenging environments.

Deployed over existing digital radio equipment, the FRS 1000's remote real-time monitoring offers actionable information to improve health and safety, and optimize work performance at the fireground, incident scene or in training.

Despite important advances in equipment and procedures, more than 100 US firefighters die in the line of duty every year, and many more suffer serious injury. Up until now, incident commanders have had no reliable means to assess the status of firefighters when they are downrange or in training situations.

"Our FRS product, and the proven technology that underpins it, is helping to solve this problem for the firefighting community," says Brian Russell, Zephyr's CEO. "The FRS 1000 provides critical real-time insights into a crews' physical status. These insights can assist incident commanders and firefighters in making decisions, better managing fire scenes, improving safety, and potentially saving lives."

"Zephyr Technology has been a pioneer in the use of Personal Physical Status Monitoring (PPSM) in training and high stress operational environments. The company's work with local fire departments, the NASA Ames Human Systems Integration Research Group and multiple US Special Forces contracts has been invaluable in the development and validation of our technology, and its application in the most extreme operating environments" adds Jonathan Woodward, CTO at Zephyr.

Learn more about Zephyr Technology at Fire Rescue International (FRI) 2009, booth #3149, and also at the Motorola booth in the Technology Pavilion.

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