DOD awards $5.1M contract for remote injury, disease detection among military personnel

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a U.S. Department of Defense agency tasked with developing emerging technologies for the military, awarded Kryptowire a $5.1 million contract to manage smartphone sensor data as part of its health monitoring program.

Here are four things to know about the contract.

1. Kryptowire, a computer and network security company, validates the security of mobile and internet of things applications against government and industry software standards. Under the contract, Kryptowire will collect and transfer sensor data from commercial smartphones as part of DARPA's Warfighter Analytics using Smartphones for Health program.

2. With the WASH program, DARPA aims to collect data from smartphone sensors to conduct passive real-time assessments of soldiers' physiological signals. DARPA's goal is to continuously and remotely monitor patient health, medication adherence and physical impairment, along with using predictive analytics for early disease onset detection.

3. Kryptowire will apply application and mobile device management approaches to establish a system to passively collect, aggregate and manage sensor measurements from iOS and Android smartphones. The approach will focus on capabilities related to data anonymization and transparent data collection, among other functionalities, according to Kryptowire officials.

4. Angelos Stavrou, CEO of Kryptowire, said, "Our strategy is to leverage the full power of mobile to collect health metrics in all patient settings, for continuous monitoring, from clinic to home."

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