Sensium Platform Monitors Transantarctic Expedition Team's Health
Toumaz announces that Sensium-enabled devices are being used to monitor the health status of a team of explorers and scientists involved in a record-breaking expedition across the Antarctic. On Thursday 9th December 2010, the 10-man expedition team carried out the fastest ever vehicle crossing of the continent – the driest and coldest place on Earth – and aims to be the first vehicle-based team ever to complete the return journey.
The Moon Regan Transantarctic Expedition is using state-of-the-art technology to complete its record-breaking journey, including wireless Sensium-enabled vital signs monitors. The expedition is being partnered by scientists from Imperial College London and supported by main sponsor Imperial alumnus Professor Winston Wong Dsc, who has also helped to develop the technology.
The team is travelling in six-wheeled drive Science Support Vehicles (SSVs) – which function as mobile laboratories – and the Winston Wong Bio-Inspired Ice Vehicle that runs on bio-fuel and glides on skis. The research-led team have already achieved two new records by being the first to use biofuels extensively in Antarctica, and through being the first bio-fuelled vehicle ever to reach the South Pole. The researchers aim to collect data in several important areas, including measuring the body's response to the extreme environmental conditions using wireless body monitoring technology developed by expedition sponsor Toumaz and originally pioneered by its CEO Professor Chris Toumazou FRS. Professor Toumazou, who is also Director of the Winston Wong Centre for Bio-Inspired Technology at Imperial College London, is leading the science programme for the expedition.
The explorers are equipped with wearable Sensium-based devices that are wirelessly and continuously monitoring the physical effect on the body of the inhospitable minus 40 degree temperatures. Based on Toumaz'sSensium technology, these small sized, unobtrusive devices provide ultra-low power, continuous wireless monitoring and can be worn on the chest with complete freedom of movement. The devices are being used to capture and locally process key vital signs information from the team, including ECG, heart rate, physical activity and other markers of stress. The data is being transmitted in real-time to computers in the SSVs and data sets have been sent via satellite phone to researchers back at Imperial College London for further analysis, providing a unique insight into the physiological impact of life in the harshest environment on the planet.
The expedition team set off from the west coast of Antarctica at Union Glacier on November 25th 2010 and arrived in the South Pole on December 2nd, retracing the steps of the famous Fuchs and Hillary crossing. The team completed their coast-to-coast crossing on December 9th at the Ross Ice Shelf and will now retrace their tracks to Union Glacier.
Toumaz'sSensium Platform is an ultra-low power technology platform that enables the rapid development of complete systems and devices for non-intrusive wireless vital signs monitoring solutions, including health, fitness and "out of hospital" applications.
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