Elbit Systems has launched Canary, an integrated
physiological monitoring device for pilots, providing real-time
alerts in case of inflight life threatening situations.
In extreme cases, such as hypoxia or loss
of consciousness, a warning will appear, either as an audio-visual
alert on the pilotís Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) or via the
aircraft's mission computer using the HMD interfaces.
The alert will allow the pilot to react before
losing consciousness or, in case the pilot is unable to operate
the aircraft, facilitate recovery of the pilot and the aircraft by
engaging the auto pilot.
The new system, developed using sensors
technology of the Israeli start-up LifeBEAM with support of the
Israeli MOD, will be integrated into Elbit Systems helmet and HMD
systems and does not require any pilot interferance or action.
Elbit Systems Aerospace Division's General
Manager, Yoram Shmuely, said, "Pilots may be exposed to
life-threatening medical conditions during flight due to low
levels of oxygen (known as hypoxia). Modern aircraft may cause
G-induced Loss of Consciousness (GLOC) and other physiological
conditions (extreme fatigue, dehydration, etc.) which are a common
cause for accidents with no reliable warning or recovery solution
available. We believe that our new system will solve these
problems and save pilots' lives."
See other recent news regarding: