Safe training at Defense

Safe training at Defense

The armed forces in the Netherlands consist of approximately 40,000 soldiers and officers. They work to defend national interests and contribute to international peace and security. Soldiers train continuously to improve their physical and mental capabilities and to reach a tactical top level. In this way, they prepare for real combat situations.
strenuous exercise

During strenuous exercise, the human body generates heat that is dissipated directly or indirectly through the skin through sweating. When soldiers wear insulating clothing or when the training intensity is very high, the dissipation of body heat through the skin may not be sufficient to regulate the core body temperature. It can then rise to unhealthy levels, with potentially serious consequences such as disorientation, seizures, and brain damage.
How does ARMOR work?

The risk of heat injury to soldiers is a concern within the Defense training centers. The distances, gear, and the outside temperature are factors that cannot be influenced. Breaks and fluid intake help against heat injury, but when and how do you use these measures exactly? Evalan's team was asked to help develop an accurate and reliable heat monitoring solution. The result: ARMOR Heat Monitor.

How does ARMOR work?

 ARMOR Heat Monitor systems

More than 1,000 ARMOR Heat Monitor systems are now in use at Defense training centers in the Netherlands. ARMOR is therefore the first heat monitor in the world to be deployed on such a large scale by the army. And that's not all: the algorithm used for the ARMOR Heat Monitor has been extensively tested by the US military, with very good results in terms of reliability. ARMOR Heat Monitor is therefore rightly regarded as a thorough and proven system for heat monitoring that contributes significantly to the safety and well-being of soldiers.
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Spinel safety center chooses ARMOR Heat Monitor

Spinel safety center chooses ARMOR Heat Monitor

Spinel Safety Center is the regional training center in Zuid Holland Zuid where realistic scenarios are simulated to prepare firefighters or other crisis partners for real crises. ARMOR Heat Monitor is used during training sessions at Spinel Safety Center to guarantee the safety of firefighters.

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To prepare firefighters as best as possible for calamities, they must train and practice realistically

To prepare firefighters as best as possible for calamities, they must train and practice realistically. Spinel Safety Center has a training ground for this where real-life scenarios are simulated. High body temperatures are unavoidable in firefighting workouts. Both the heat from physical exertion and the heat from the environment in which you work, are a danger.

It is difficult for firefighters in action to estimate whether their core body temperature is too high. This can cause overheating, which can lead to serious and long-lasting injuries. ARMOR Heat Monitor is used to guarantee the safety of firefighters. This way, they can continue to train safely at the highest possible physical level.

During training, firefighters wear a heart rate monitor on their upper arm and the ARMOR transmitter in their pocket

During training, firefighters wear a heart rate monitor on their upper arm and the ARMOR transmitter in their pocket. Every minute, the current core temperature of the firefighter is determined from the heart rate data and this data can be viewed in real-time on the trainer's tablet or mobile.

In addition to this estimated core temperature, the app also shows a Physiological Strain Index score, a measure of the heat strain of the firefighter. If this score gets too high, the trainer can intervene and initiate actions according to an action protocol. ARMOR also provides insight into when firefighters can return to action after having to take a temporary rest due to overheating.

Spinel Safety Center and South Holland South Safety Region have included ARMOR Heat Monitor in their program

Spinel Safety Center and South Holland South Safety Region have included ARMOR Heat Monitor in their program. In this way, firefighters can train safely, and heat-related injuries can be prevented.

Arnold Verweerd, Operational Manager Spinel Safety Center, concludes: “Physical damage due to heat stress is an underestimated risk when operating in our profession. By gaining insight into the core temperature with the Physiological Strain Index score of the participants, we can act at an early stage to prevent heat injury. Thanks to ARMOR Heat Monitor, we can manage this better and practice safer and responsibly.”

Would you like to know more?


Would you like to know what ARMOR Heat Monitor can do for you? Please contact Dhruv Gulhar, our technical specialist. He will be happy to discuss the options with you and answer all your questions.

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