VivoMetrics Inc, founded in 1999 and based in Ventura, California, has launched VivoResponder™, a light-weight and compact, non-invasive, continuous life-sign monitoring system specifically tailored to meet the needs of the first responder and biohazard markets. The product was developed following extensive study of the company's LifeShirt® System in firefighters and other first responders such as military personnel and is now being made available, based on the increasing need for improved fitness monitoring, for those who confront dangerous situations so that they may protect others.
"Continuous, real-time physiologic monitoring of first responders is a critical defense for their fitness in real-world and training situations," said Paul Kennedy, president and chief executive officer of VivoMetrics. "Currently, most personal protective systems are not designed to monitor first responder health in real-time but instead sound an alarm once they are in grave danger. Our goal is to offer an early-warning system that improves operational efficiencies and reduces risk and the downstream problems and costs that arise from accidents."In the past, VivoMetrics has used its LifeShirt® Clinical product in first responder markets. Early testing provided proof that adding real-time, life-sign monitoring for first responders would be valuable. Studies also showed that using the technology enabled data collection in real-life situations that could never be duplicated in a laboratory environment. Based upon positive customer feedback, the company decided to customise its LifeShirt technology for the needs of first responder and biohazard workers.