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Electrical cardiac monitoring in the head for helmet applications

: Bleda, Andres L.; Maestre, Rafael; Schmitz, Björn; Hofmann, Christian; Nacenta, Jose M.; Santa, Guadalupe; Pellicer, Soledad; Melcher, Vivien


Murray, Alan (Ed.) ; Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -IEEE-:
Computing in Cardiology 2015. Vol.42 : September 6-9, 2015, Nice, France
Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-5090-0685-4
ISBN: 978-1-5090-0684-7
ISBN: 978-1-5090-0660-1
Computing in Cardiology Conference (CinC) <42, 2015, Nice>
European Commission EC
FP7-SME; 605427; i-VITAL
Smart Vital Signs and Accident Monitoring System for Motorcyclists Embedded in Helmets and Garments for eCall Adaptive Emergency Assistance and Health Analysis Monitoring
Fraunhofer IAO ()

In order to improve the emergency response of medical services to motorcycle accidents, the EU-funded i-VITAL project has developed an integrated system for providing real-time vital sign readings to emergency teams so that an adequate emergency response can be prepared in advance. The use of helmets is compulsory and they already include other enhanced functionalities (such as Bluetooth hands-free headset, or even GPS support). However, ECG has been performed almost solely through skin contact to both sides of the body, whereas direct electrical heart signal monitoring (ECG-like) in helmets remains an unsolved problem. This paper presents the work and results on ECG-like measurements in the head area using EPIC sensors. This work was part of the i-VITAL project research, with the goal of constructing a novel vital sign monitoring system for seamless integration into helmets.