TEMPE, Ariz., 15 Jan. 2007. The United States Air Force has awarded ArmorWorks a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to develop a software package that uses sensor data to evaluate the risk of personal injury before a combat mission is carried out.
Utilizing existing laboratory and real-world data, ArmorWorks will design a program to assess the injury risk to military personnel before the start of a mission. The Field Commanders can take this data and adjust their strategy to reduce the percentage of lives lost.
"Current methods for injury prediction require experts to do three things. First, you need to specify the appropriate groups of individuals and environmental parameters. Second, you collect and input specific biodynamic response and anthropometric data. Finally, you can then conduct a detailed and time-consuming finite element analysis," says Dr. Ken-An Lou, chief scientist for ArmorWorks. "ArmorWorks software will generate a risk assessment in real-time, when the commander needs it most."
ArmorWorks president Bill Perciballi says, "This is a step into the future of protection. We are constantly striving to find new ways to save lives and reduce the risks involved in combat."