The Toumaz Sensium Platform consists of small, wearable sensor nodes that continuously monitor vital signs including heart rate, ECT, physical activity and temperature, and wirelessly send data to a computer
Sensium-based devices continuously measured the physical effects of minus 40 degree temperatures on the 10-man team, including ECG, heart rate, physical activity and other indicators of stress
The transantarctic expedition covered some 4,000 kilometers - aross the entire continent of Antarctica - and back - using wheeled vehicles
Data from the sensors was transmitted in real-time to computers in the expedition's mobile laboratories and also sent via satellite phone to researchers back at Imperial College for further analysis
The 10-man team traveled in six-wheeled drive Science Support Vehicles (SSVs) which functioned as mobile laboratories
Wearable health monitors have been available for some time, providing feedback on functions such as heart rate and blood pressure. They represent the tip of a potentially huge health and fitness market, from athletes and emergency services personnel to patients both in and recently discharged from hospital, who could benefit from real-time, intelligent wireless body monitoring of vital signs. Telemetry technology provider Toumaz has developed an ultra-low power system to wirelessly monitor heart rate, ECG, temperature and physical activity. The Sensium Life Platform has just been used to monitor the health of team members during a record-breaking 4,000 kilometer transantarctic expedition that not only made the fastest vehicle crossing of the Antarctic, but was also the first expedition to use biofuels extensively in Antarctica, and featured the first bio-fuelled vehicle ever to reach the South Pole.
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