BlackBox Biometrics, leader in impact-sensing technology, teams up with U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory

Linx Impact Assessment System to be piloted in military training


BlackBox Biometrics®, Inc., the industry leader in sensor technology to measure concussive forces, has been awarded a contract to provide the Linx Impact Assessment System (IAS) and support services for the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory (USAARL). Linx IAS will be evaluated for field readiness and potential inclusion in several training environments.

Born from combat-tested technology and originally developed for athletes, Linx IAS™ combines wearable technology with a mobile application to provide real-time data and analysis of potential impact-related head injuries. The wearable technology weighs about the same as a nickel, is the size of a stick of gum, and fits easily into a custom skull cap or headband, allowing it to be worn in almost any environment – sports or military – where impacts to the head can occur.

Under the contract, USAARL will trial impact sensors for feasibility of use in military training environments. Prevalent in both theater and training, traumatic brain injury (TBI) remains a significant problem for military personnel and has been coined the “Signature Wound” of today’s modern wars. BlackBox Biometrics was selected by USAARL to participate in this study based on their proven expertise in measuring the unseen impact of concussive forces.

With a pedigree of developing blast-force sensors used in military and law enforcement settings, BlackBox Biometrics is no stranger to addressing the TBI epidemic and helping to preserve the neurocognitive health of soldiers. The company’s Blast Gauge® System records a Servicemember’s exposure to blast overpressure and acceleration forces capturing critical data to aid the triage and treatment of blast-related injuries such as TBI. This technology is currently in use by the U.S. Military, law enforcement tactical officers, as well as international military and research organizations, and BlackBox Biometrics is in the midst of delivering on a $9.4 million purchase order to support the U.S. Army’s transition to the newest version of the Blast Gauge System.

Along with ongoing field demonstrations of Linx IAS, this USAARL contract will further validate the value of the technology and support commercialization to the general public in 2016.

BlackBox Biometrics, leader in impact-sensing technology, teams up with U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory |