The Business Edge from Ontario, O’Canada is reporting that a Vancouver-based company, NGRAIN Corp., has developed PDA-based software to help soldiers in the field to navigate around or to disarm land mines. Not a medgadget per se, but if it is saving lives, then it might as well be covered by us. From the company, about its cooperation with the O’Canada National Defence Mine/Countermine Information Centre (O’NDMIC):
The NGRAIN solution will assist the Canadian Forces with deploying mission critical NDMIC information on foreign anti-personnel and anti-tank mines accurately and safely to soldiers in field operations and those in mine awareness training.
“With NGRAIN, the speed at which interactive 3D content can be produced, distributed, and viewed means that Canadian Forces personnel have the tools necessary to execute the mission where and when needed,” said Master Warrant Officer Tom Stewart, Canadian Forces, J3 Engineer Operations. “The advent of the R-PDA capability represents a tremendous leap forward in our ability to provide first-class information that is unequalled by any other country and accessible anywhere, anytime, resulting in reduced safety risks through better training and instant access to critical information in the field.”
Soldiers will be able to search the Canadian Forces landmine database on an R-PDA. Soldiers will be able to interact with 3D landmine objects from many angles, including the ability to view all internal components in context with the CFLD database of valuable information related to the mines.
“Our high level of innovation is continually elevated by the demands of our customers in the military. Currently, NGRAIN provides the capability for soldiers to interact with 3D landmine objects on their desktop, laptop, or Tablet computers. Through this contract, the Department of National Defence requires this same capability in the field on R-PDA’s, so we will deliver a solution to meet their critical needs in training as well as field operations,” said Joseph Bailey, Vice President, Sales at NGRAIN.