US Army Project Will Create Wireless Neck-Worn Pendant for Storing Lifelong Medical History
Rockville, MD, March 29th, 2004—SECO USA, Inc., a leading provider of low-power handheld and wireless device platform technologies, today announced that it has received a contract from the United States Army to develop a new electronic Personal Information Carrier (PIC). The PIC – a storage device approximately the size of a traditional dogtag – will contain a soldier’s complete medical records, including basic parameters such as blood type and advanced multimedia information such as x-ray images.
The goal of this effort is to create a device that can be accessed by caregivers throughout the evacuation chain, from battlefield medics to hospital workers. SECO USA will extend its base of intellectual property for low-power wireless devices to develop technologies that aggressively reduce the energy requirements of the PIC, which will allow it to operate over a multi-year period.
“SECO USA is very excited to be part of a program that will revolutionize the way medical information is stored and accessed,” said Andrew Girson, SECO USA’s CEO. “SECO USA’s ongoing R&D efforts coupled with this Army contract and others will allow us to further strengthen our award-winning portfolio of energy management hardware and software products.”
Development on this contract will continue through the first half of 2004, with potential for additional follow-on funding.
About SECO USA, Inc.
SECO USA, Inc. is an ultra-portable handheld platform provider to Original Equipment Manufacturers. The company provides commercial off-the-shelf developer’s kits that are industrial-strength and power-efficient, for uses in the military, medical technology and telecommunications industries among others. The platforms accommodate standard wireless, data storage and acquisition plugins. Fingertip, Elf and BatterySmart are built on the industry’s leading technologies including Intel’s StrongARM and XScale RISC chips and Windows CE and Linux operating systems. The company’s headquarters are in Rockville, Maryland. For more information please view the company web site at seco-usa.com.
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