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Zansors and Blauer work on defence wearables

Zansors’ innovative sensor technology will advance the utility of Blauer’s gear designed for police, fire, EMS and military.

25th October 2017

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Arlington, VA


The collaboration will lead to gear that is designed to protect, will be highly functional and will result in a new category of data-rich defence garments. This smart gear for first-responder and military engagements will have mission-specific applications beyond the offerings of consumer tech-to-textile products.

Transforming utility

“Textiles are entering a fascinating era in which technology is going to transform utility and what we expect from garments,” said Stephen Blauer, Sr. VP, at Blauer. “Our partnership with Zansors is about combining best-in-class garments and sensors.”

Blauer is a fourth generation Boston based manufacturer of uniforms, outerwear, footwear, protective apparel and accessories for first responders and military users. Blauer produces chemical and biological PPE with ChemPack fabrics and provides uniforms, outerwear and safety gear to police, firefighters and emergency medical techs.

Improving performance and safety

According to partners, this collaboration can benefit military and first-responders by monitoring both internal and external factors that improve performance and safety. For example, fabrics can be used to capture biometric data, like breathing, motion or ECG, as well as external factors such as determining location or detecting chemical gases. This real-time information will support decision-making by military leaders and responder agencies.

There is also opportunity to create advantages to the individuals in the field by adapting to local conditions. Fabrics enhanced with sensors can be developed to change colours, be more sweat-friendly, ballistic-hardened, or tear and puncture proof.

Combined expertise

“We see that the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security are leading the way in developing gear that makes a difference for those who risk their lives to protect us,” said Nicole Stout, DPT, vice president of Medical Affairs at Zansors.

“Working together gives Zansors and Blauer the combined expertise in technology and textiles to take action and create gear that isn’t only best-in-class, but never-before-seen. We’re laying the groundwork for our labs to build the future of tech-wear for first-responders and military.”

Zansors is a Washington, DC metro-based healthcare innovation company delivering Personal Healthcare Analytics into the hands of consumers via wearable bio-sensors and health apps. Its proprietary biotechnology platform includes micro-sensors and micro-fluidics, backed by a strong portfolio of patents filed.

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