Iowa Guard Tests Innovative Technology During Northern Strike

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Source: U.S. Army,
Source: U.S. Army,

August 28, 2023 | Originally published by The U.S. Army on August 18, 2023

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– The 294th Medical Company Area Support from the Iowa National Guard tested a groundbreaking technology by integrating drones in a training environment on August 7. Medical squads were able to experience a cutting-edge drone system that can detect casualties from the sky and assess their vital signs, making it a game-changer in disaster response scenarios. The drones utilize VISTA (Vision and Intelligence Systems for Medical Teaming Applications), which has been in the works for four years, with two dedicated years of intense development for unmanned aerial systems for casualty protection.

“At Northern Strike, we had the perfect place to test the technology. Working with medical personnel is what we want to take to the next level,” said Jay Rouse, the Director of Business Development for Aerete, who played a crucial role in integrating the remote triage capability into the VISTA system’s medical ability.

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