Advanced e-textiles for firefighters and civilian victims

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Advanced E-Textile systems can bring together sensors, connections, transmission systems, power management. The emergency disaster personnel smart garments will progressively enhance and integrate such textile systems to enable the following functions:

  • Continuous monitoring of life signs (biopotentials, breathing movement, cardiac sounds);
  • Continuous monitoring biosensors (sweat, dehydration, electrolytes, stress indicators, O2, CO);
  • Pose and activity monitoring;
  • Low power local wireless communications, including integrated textile antennae;
  • Internal temperature monitoring using textile sensors;
  • External chemical detection, including toxic gases and vapours;
  • Power generation - photovoltaic and thermoelectric and energy storage;
  • Longer term e-textile technologies including further sensors, light emission and logic on fibre.

The project builds and integrates with the roadmap established within the EU projects Wealthy, MyHeart, Biotex and WearIT@work.


A web site detailing the cluster of EC co-financed projects on Smart Fabrics and Interactive Textiles (SFIT) can be found at:

SFIT Cluster


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