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HEADS is a small sensor mounted inside a combat helmet that records the severity of blasts and other impacts to the head during an explosion.

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Today’s warfighter faces some of the most intense combat situations our nations have ever witnessed. While soldiers’ training and tools can help protect them in the midst of danger, there is still a void to what protects them once the battle is over. Millions of troops return home with brain injuries that go undetected for years, resulting in sometimes permanent damage or even death.

What is it?

HEADS is a small sensor mounted inside a combat helmet that records the severity of blasts and other impacts to the head during an explosion.
HEADS is a small sensor mounted inside a combat helmet that records the severity of blasts and other impacts to the head during an explosion.

BAE Systems’ Headborne Energy Analysis and Diagnostic System (HEADS) is a premier solution that is helping in the early discovery of brain injuries, which is ultimately saving lives

The Headborne Energy Analysis and Diagnostic System, or more commonly referred to as HEADS, is a small sensor mounted inside a combat helmet that records the severity of blasts and other impacts to the head during an explosion. It is an extremely thin, lighweight sensing device smaller than a blackberry phone that provides soldiers and medical professionals alike with an effective tool to help identify those who may have combat-related head and brain injuries.


How does it work?

Because it fits securely under the padding, troops wearing the HEADS device won’t even notice it is there.
Because it fits securely under the padding, troops wearing the HEADS device won’t even notice it is there.

HEADS is mounted beneath the crown suspension pads of most combat helmets. Because it fits securely under the padding, troops wearing the HEADS device won’t even notice it is there.

Once secured and armed, the sensor continuously measures and collects critical and potentially life-saving data, including impact location, magnitude, duration, blast pressures, angular and linear accelerations as well as the exact times of single or multiple blast events. The HEADS sensors are designed to only record data exceeding a predetermined threshold- what might occur with a roadside bomb, for example. Once that threshold is reached, a visual LED display on the sensor is triggered, alerting the Soldier of a potential head injury.

The data within the sensor is easily downloaded via a USB device or summary data can be retrieved through a wireless connection. Antennas can readily scan all available HEADS sensors in a Forward Operating Base and send the data to a computer, identifying Soldiers who may have been involved in a blast or explosion, triggering the sensor.

“HEADS has gone through multiple technology changes in the last four years,” said Donnie Bowser, Program Manager for Power and Sensors. “As we continue to develop the sensor, we plan to bring an increased functionality to the wireless capabilities among some other unique features.”
 


HEADS path forward

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Soldiers on Patrol

Currently, over 19,000 of BAE Systems’ HEADS sensors have been delivered to the U.S. Army.  Our goal is to continue the advancement of HEADS for the next generation of warfighters and continue to aide medical professionals in protecting our troops.


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