The Blast Gauge System A REVOLUTIONARY ADVANCEMENT IN EXPLOSISIVE BLAST MONITORING AND SURVEILLANCE

A REVOLUTIONARY ADVANCEMENT IN EXPLOSIVE BLAST MONITORING AND SURVEILLANCE

Developed in conjunction with DARPA, the Blast Gauge® System was initially deployed by the U.S. Army to measure blast overpressure that troops experienced from IED detonations and incoming fire. The Blast Gauge System’s 2011 fielding led to a shocking discovery:

75% of the recorded blast exposures were from service members using their own heavy weapons during training and combat.

With emerging research suggesting that repetitive, low-level blast exposures from heavy weapons can lead to long-term neurodegenerative disease, troops continue to face an invisible threat.

RECOILLESS RIFLES & SHOULDER FIRED ROCKETS

5 – 13 psi
5x
per day

MORTAR & ARTILLERY
ROUNDS

1.3 – 3 psi
30-300x
per day
multiple times/week

BREACHING &
TACTICAL ENTRY

1 – 13 psi
16x
per training event

Source: Bailie et al., Da Silva et al., and Young et al.

Product Overview

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The Blast Gauge System is a set of three lightweight wearable sensors that measure blast overpressure. The captured data is analyzed and stored on data monitoring software to help improve future operations, training, and research.

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01. Blast Occurs
The Blast Gauge System records exposure data that may correlate to TBI.

02. LED Feedback
Upon request, the devices emit a green, amber, or red light based on blast severity.

03. Wireless Scan
Get more info on-site or back at base with our free proprietary software.

04. Document Exposure
Add blast data to permanent medical records or use for research.

Features & Benefits

Android compatible

Wide Pressure Measurement Range
Capturing full spectrum of pressure exposures from 0.5 psi – 110 psi and High-G acceleration

Rapid Sampling Rate For Both Overpressure And Acceleration
Maximized resolution of blast wave mapping

Dashboard Software Compatible With COTS Devices
Android and Windows flexibility

Low Profile/Weight With Battery Life Up To 1-Year
No impact on mission or operational tempo

Commercial And Military Variants
Low-signature Interrogated Wireless™ Bluetooth communications

Proprietary Blast Wave Contextualization Algorithm
Proven accuracy of lab-grade sensors with low false positives

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b3-logo-whiteBlackBox Biometrics® Partnership with CSI

BlackBox Biometrics (B3) developed the Blast Gauge System as the foundation for advanced research into the mechanisms of blast-related brain injury for soldiers and first responders.

Recognizing CSI’s leadership in blast mitigation of IED threats, B3 has chosen to partner with CSI to improve blast safety and risk mitigation for at-risk personnel.

Through this partnership, CSI and B3 will ensure that the blast overpressure threat is visible and that the long-term health impacts of military service are mitigated to the greatest possible extent.

$440M
Annual treatment costs for TBI and PTSD

Source: Vyas et al.

940,000
Veterans on disability for PTSD

Source: Military Times

A Lesson From the Past

With over 383,000 service members diagnosed with TBI since 2000, blast-related brain injury is quickly becoming reminiscent of the substantial health hazards of radiation exposure discovered over the past century.

In the early 20th century, the effects of radiation exposure were ill-understood and dose limits were yet to be established. Nevertheless, film badges were introduced in the 1920s to measure radiation exposure, with the understanding that both acute and long-term health risks could only be determined if medical researchers knew actual exposure levels.

Radiation dosimetry is now the gold standard for occupational hazard monitoring. Only after monitoring at-risk personnel for 40 years was the aggregated data used to inform safe radiation exposure limits.

We Can Be Faster

Through the Blast Gauge System, B3 and CSI can help military and civilian agencies immediately begin monitoring all blast-exposed personnel and reduce risk by informing blast safety protocols and establishing preventative blast safety.

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