Catlin Arctic Survey Uses EquivitalTM Physiological Monitoring System


Hidalgo, a Cambridge based technology company is proud to announce it’s sponsorship of the Catlin Arctic Survey. Specifically, Hidalgo is supporting the expedition team by providing them with the EquivitalTM body worn physiological monitoring system.The Catlin Arctic Survey is a pioneering polar expedition organised by an international collaboration between polar explorers and some of the world’s foremost scientific bodies, including the US Naval Postgraduate School and WWF.The key aim of the survey is to help scientists gain a better understanding of what is going on with the precarious and vulnerable floating sea ice of the Arctic Ocean. The Survey will help scientists in refining their predictions of when the ice will cease to be a year round feature of the Arctic Ocean.The survey’s scientific findings will be taken to the national negotiating teams working to replace the Kyoto Protocol agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference of Parties in Copenhagen in December 2009. The team members will be wearing Hidalgo’s Equivital™ physiological monitoring system throughout the polar expedition. The Equivital™ units will continuously measure and record the physiological condition of the explorers whilst on the ice and will provide an indication of their general wellbeing, as well as detailed physiological data.The use of Equivital on the Catlin Arctic Survey offers an excellent opportunity to assess how the body responds in the extreme Arctic environment. Incorporating hi-tech sensors within a comfortable belt worn around the chest, Equivital™ measures ECG, heart rate, respiration rate and effort, skin temperature and body orientation and physical impact.

Team members will also ingest a ‘core pill’ containing a miniature temperature sensor which communicates core body temperature readings to the Equivital™ unit. The Equivital™ unit will continuously record and transmit the wearer’s physiological data, which will be sent to the survey vessel’s onboard Central Data Unit before being transmitted back to the UK HQ. In particular, core body temperatures will be recorded and sent back to track team members’ physical and mental responses when exposed to extended periods in extremely low temperatures. What this ultimately means is, at the beginning of the expedition, when ambient air temperatures are still as low as -50C, website visitors can witness first hand the detrimental effect that such conditions have on the human body. Equivital™ has been designed for use in a range of demanding applications, including telehealth, first responder and paramedic, military, occupational welfare, sports performance analysis and physical endurance research. The Equivital system can display data in real time or store it on a memory card to be viewed retrospectively. It has been trialled extensively and exhibits optimum performance even when the wearer is engaged in rigorous activity. You will be able to follow the activities of the Ice Team on the Catlin arctic survey website. For more information on Equivital™ and its applications, or the work we are doing with the Catlin Arctic Survey email or contact David Roome on +44 (0)1582 578170.About HidalgoHidalgo is part of the Jaltek Group and is based in Cambridge. Hidalgo is a technology design and development solutions company specialising in radio based communications systems development as well as software and hardware for consumer, medical and industrial systems. The Equivital™ personal physiological monitoring system developed by the Medical Systems division of Hidalgo presents significant opportunities in enabling the wireless monitoring of physical performance and well being of personnel engaged in a range of demanding activities including military operations, emergency services provision, hazardous environment inspection and sport. Equivital is extremely effective in the remote monitoring of patient condition within hospitals and at home following their release.About The Catlin Arctic SurveyThe Catlin Arctic Survey combines a pioneering feat of human endurance with scientific discovery on a geographic scale most would think impossible in the 21st century, a detailed and accurate mapping of one of the earth’s largest geophysical surface features: the floating North Pole sea ice. Such a surface survey has never before been attempted, and the need for the information has never been greater. Current estimates for the Arctic Ocean sea ice’s total disappearance vary enormously amongst the scientific community, ranging from 100 years away to just 5 years from now. Whatever happens, the consequences of its meltdown will be of global significance in terms of sea level rise, the geo-politics of energy resources, rainfall patterns and the availability of water supplies, and of course the impact on biodiversity, including seals, walrus and the polar bear. The Survey will arguably provide the most comprehensive surface-based data set available to scientists yet. The information obtained will be used to improve the accuracy and reliability of supercomputer-generated climate models forecasting the timing of the sea ice’s disappearance, and the associated impacts for our changing global climate, and