Law enforcement & military
For law enforcement there are a number of
situations where the sensors are particularly
useful, including when an officer is being
ambushed, when communication is required
under fire for situational awareness and
when command is unaware personnel has
been shot. Another benefit is that witness
information is often inaccurate.
Brinkley also said he tested the sensor 10
feet under water for 24 hours and it worked
just as planned.
The sensor is less than 2 ounces, flexible
and can be inserted into existing body armor.
It also has an open mic feature so dispatch
can listen in at the scene of attack.
According to Brinkley, the armor has
already passed an independent test by the
military. He said the sensors are connected
through the military’s existing network
called Nett Warrior, the military situational
awareness system used during combat.
“The live fire demonstrated AID’s ability
to communicate with Nett Warrior and
send the proper message when penetrated,”
the military report on AID states. “Soldiers
inserted the AID into a standard issue
Improved Outer Tactical Vest (IOTV) with
the detection film located in the back of the
plate carrier (between the Kevlar insert and
the outer shell), which ensured penetration
Using AID in the field
The first entity to begin using the AID
sensor is the Montgomery County Sherriff’s
Department in Virginia, who began
outfitting body armor with the sensor late
in 2016.At a public meeting, Montgomery
County Sheriff Hank Partin predicted the
new technology will take off.
“This technology you just saw, nobody else
in the country has,” Partin said. “We will be
the first to set the standard with this and I’m
sure it is going to take off.
“I can tell you a lot of large, well-respected
law enforcement agencies are looking at this.
We all know that our law enforcement today
face more adversity and dangers than ever
before,” Partin said. “Montgomery County
is not immune to the loss and devastating
effects of law enforcement officers line of
According to Partin, the device will
ultimately help save lives.
“If an officer has the Bluetooth on his hip,
he’s hit, he’s unable to communicate, he’s
down in the middle of the night and nobody
knows where he is,” Partin said. “On our old
radios we have the emergency button on our
mic, that’s what you push when you’re really
in trouble and don’t have time to talk.
“Well, if you’re unconscious or if you’ve
been stabbed or if you’ve been shot you can’t
push a button,” he added. “With the injury
detection system and the equipment that
would be in the 911 regional center and the
new radio that button is going to be activated
Partin also said the sensors will be
integrated with allergy and other medical
information about the officers.
“Not only is it going to tell us where they
are and what happened to them but all that
person’s pertinent medical information has
been entered into the system, so the rescue
squad can be on the way to the scene and be
calling the hospital for [type] B-negative blood
before they even get to the victim.”
Vik Patel, the CEO of DataSoft Corp,
the company tasked with providing the
electronics and system integration for the
sensor, said the reception for AID has been
positive thus far.
“Everybody thinks it is a great idea and
a well-timed idea because of the events
that happen all over the country involving
police officers getting hurt,” Patel said in an
interview with R&D Magazine. “This is life-
While the intent is for the product to be
utilized by law enforcement and the military,
Patel said they are currently also discovering
ways for civilians to be able to use AID.
“We have talked to hunters and they might
want to wear something like this on their
body,” Patel said.
—Kenny Walter, Digital Reporter
Communication can be difficult for police during an
emergency situation. Source: Stock Photo