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Blast gauges improve medical treatment for soldiers

IBM's Informix® database technology (US) is helping Australian military medics analyse data about blast impacts to determine the best treatment for soldiers. Soldiers wear the blast gauges (developed by the United States Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency) on their helmets and combat vests, and sensors on the gauge capture blast wavelength data.

Indicator Lights Blast Gauge Sensor Dome Micro-USB Port Impact Resistant CasingMedics then extract the data from the gauge via USB, and use IBM Informix database software – implemented by IBM Gold Partner Advanced Data Tools – to manage and analyse the data.

This information can help medical personnel diagnose, treat and monitor the short- and long-term effects these blasts will have on soldiers' physical and mental health. The blast gauges are currently being deployed to US and Australian troops.

Learn more from the Australian Defence Magazine and ABC News, or find out about IBM's Informix technology (US).

Big data becomes a business priority

In a recent IBM Institute for Business Value study, nearly two-thirds of respondents said that using information (including big data) and analytics is creating a competitive advantage for their organisations. We surveyed 1,144 business and IT professionals in 95 countries, including Australia, to find out how organisations are using and benefiting from big data.

Read the study's executive report Analytics: The real-world use of big data. (PDF, 1.22MB)

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