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Ground-breaking helmet platform for reduced head trauma for professional users

This innovative r&d project will be executed by two parties in order to share the technological and financial risks involved in developing a ground-breaking helmet platform with increased protection against rotational force to the brain.

MIPS AB and Helmet Integrated Systems Limited (HISL) have agreed to cooperate in this R&D project to develop a ground-breaking platform for production of innovative helmets for professional use with increased safety for the user. This collaboration is a “business through technology project” and will create a large market for both parties. The developed products will penetrate a market that are in great need of safer helmets for professional use. Apart from the technological cooperation, the parties foresee great synergies between the parties and the commercialisation of the project results have unique growth potential: the first helmets for professional use with increased protection for rotational violence to the brain. The project parties will not be able to overcome the technological challenges of this R&D project alone, nor will they be able to commercialise the results based on the market needs identified (MIPS), or meet customers’ demands on increased protection without adding weight or losing performance (HISL) without the other partner. MIPS is a revolutionary technology that lets the helmet slide relative to the head, adding more protection against rotational violence to the brain caused by angled impacts. MIPS have converted over 2o years of research on the human brains function into a revolutionary system to increase protection of the brain in helmets. HISL is the world's premier helmet manufacturer. Their helmet systems, combined with sensors, face shields, visors, respiratory and communications equipment are in use throughout the world offering protection to personnel in a wide range of occupations. Current data shows that professionals in search & rescue, military and police, professions that comes with risk of outer force to the head, suffers brain damage despite using approved helmets for their line of work. In the US alone, 24 % of the 1,5 million veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are suffering from brain injuries inflicted in the line of duty. Head injuries from SAR, police and military activities can be caused by Blunt, Ballistic and Blast impacts. Blunt is typically if you fall to the ground or receive a direct hit to the helmet and the head. A ballistic impact is typically if you get hit by a bullet or shrapnel from a hand grenade or mine. And Blast is the shock wave that is the result from an explosion. Looking into accident statistics over a period of 15 years from military accidents, head injuries are most often related to blunt impacts. Approximately 450.000 are been diagnosed with TBI, from mild to severe TBI. Considering that a large part of the veterans did not serve in field units, the number of brain injuries in field units are probably higher. The state-of-the art helmets on today’s market address the increasing demands for improved comfort and performance, with reduced weight and increased ventilation and more sensor systems attached to helmets. These demands are especially noticeable within the military’s special forces operation units as well as the special units within the police such as riot control and swat units, where helmets are exposed to extreme environments and subject to force from ballistics and hard objects. However, the development of helmets with increased performance, comfort as well as increased protection for the user has is slow and a major breakthrough in increased protection for the users is still awaiting. The level of innovation in this R&D project is high as there is no helmet on the market for professional users that offers increased brain protection for rotational violence, as well as meeting the market demand for higher comfort, durability and offering possibilities for more sensor systems inside and outside the helmet. The main result of this R&D project is a ground-breaking platform for helmets with a new MIPS-layer integrated with a helmet fitting that can be used to manufacture three different helmets; ballistic, carbon and plastic. The helmet will be developed to meet the increasing demands for fittings with sensors and communication systems that the professional helmets of today are equipped with. The innovative platform will open for further and more rapid product development for both project parties as it will easily be adapted for other market segments. The increased protection for the end user will increase the competitive advantage for MIPS’ customers. This will allow MIPS to increase their turnover threefold over three years. Helmet Integrated Systems will strengthen their position as a market leader and increase their annual sales with 30%. The product will mainly be exploited towards Search and Rescue (SAR), police and military units in the EU and the US to start with. The end users operate in a wide range of activities and climates and have extensive demands on functionality, protection and comfort in helmets.
Acronym: 
Pro Helmet
Project ID: 
10 734
Start date: 
01-08-2016
Project Duration: 
18months
Project costs: 
480 000.00€
Technological Area: 
INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING, MATERIAL AND TRANSPORT
Market Area: 
INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS / MANUFACTURING

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