CNOGA has been Chosen to Help to Assess New Technologies for NATO
CNOGA MTX was chosen due to the unique capability to measure 15 bio-parameter non-invasively and transfer them in real-time for the needed analyses. A subgroup in NATO called EOD-COE (Explosive ordinance disposal center of excellence), asked to assess new technology. The new technology, Exoskeleton, is a passive skeleton (i.e. non-motorized) and its objective is to provide relief to the soldier during certain actions and movements. More specifically, NATO wanted to examine if the device would make it easier for soldiers to wear an explosive suit that weights 47 kg. Until now the way to evaluate such technologies was by using questionnaires and old sphygmomanometry blood pressure technology after the activity.
MTX enabled to evaluate objectively the ability of different prototypes of exoskeletons to relieve some of the load on the soldiers’ body during different tasks by measuring different parameters simultaneously in real-time, such as blood pressure, pulse, blood gasses, and cardiac output, that are affected by anaerobic exercise. All bio-parameters were transferred in real-time by “Singular” app for further analyzes. It was clear from the data that some of the exoskeletons added significantly higher strain on the soldiers, for example, a soldier without the Exoskeleton started at 4L/min cardiac output at rest and increased to 8-9 L/min during the task, whereas the same soldier wearing the Exoskeleton started at 6-7 L/min cardiac output and increased to 18-20 L/min, showing obvious differences. Those results were compared to filled questionnaires that presented the same conclusions.