Singapore is looking for a smart body vest for its policemen


Singapore is looking for a smart body vest for its policemen. It will come with apps, devices and sensors which be able to stream live video footage, and monitor the policeman’s health and the status of all their body-worn devices.

New tender documents from the Ministry of Home Affairs say that officers have an increasing number of devices that collect data and need to be managed. It also wants to ensure that officers are able to complete their 12-hour shifts without their devices running out of battery.

The smart vest should have automatic alert systems. When a policeman removes his revolver or taser, sensors in the holster and body-worn camera will trigger alerts and stream live footage over 3G or LTE network to a remote monitoring station.

This remote station should be capable of storing at least 1TB of data and will have built-in power supply to run for four hours.

All the equipment on the policemen will be tagged so that if a revolver or other device is misplaced or stolen, the officer will be alerted and be able to locate it on his smartphone.

The light weight, waterproof vest will also have a health monitoring and body cooling system. It will have sensors to measure the policeman’s heart rate and body orientation, and will automatically transmit his health status to the monitoring station and to the officer’s smartphone.

A separate modular body cooling system should cool the policeman’s body temperature to below 36.9 °C if the ambient temperature rises above 37 °C.

All of these data, images and videos will be processed and stored in a central system built into the vest and capable of storing up to 72 hours of information.

Apart from monitoring the location of equipment, officers will be able to monitor the battery status of their devices using a power management app on their smartphones. The vest will have a built-in power bank to charge the various devices officers will carry, including a smartphone, mobile data terminal and wearable camera.

They should be able to use the power management app to adjust the distribution of power supply across all devices on his vest.

The smart body vest system will have to be waterproof and operate in rain. It should work between temperatures of 15 °C and 40 °C, and up to 100 per cent humidity, without disruptions to performance.

Vendors have until 6 April to submit their applications. The selected vendor will have 10 months from their acceptance of the tender to deliver a prototype, which will be trialled for one to five months.

(Medha Basu)


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