Leading blast technology experts team up to tackle the invisible threat of blast overpressure trauma

CHARLESTON, South Carolina, August 20, 2018 – Critical Solutions International (CSI) announced today its partnership with BlackBox Biometrics (B3) for exclusive sales of the Blast Gauge® System, and to provide joint training and services support. This agreement combines decades of operational experience providing life-saving technologies in blast environments with the robust research, engineering, and programmatic capabilities needed
to identify the risk of blast induced Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and long-term neurological disorders.

As clinical specialists draw clearer associations between repetitive blast overpressure exposure and adverse effects on the brain and vital organs, senior military leaders are being directed to reassess exposure limits both in training and combat. With miniature sensors, waveform algorithms, and exportable databases, CSI and B3 are providing the tools necessary to catalog the harmful pressure loading servicemembers experience in execution of their duties. When armed with a service-wide database of incident metrics, unit leaders will be able to refine tactics to mitigate unnecessary exposures, military health experts can prescribe more accurate treatments, and veterans can receive the comprehensive long-term care they have earned.

CSI brings with it proven effectiveness as a leader in the development, systems integration, and support of blast-protected vehicles like the Husky, with a variety of payload delivery applications. An essential supplier to the U.S. and international route clearance community, CSI’s products lead the way in the safe detection, identification, and mitigation of hidden explosive threats.

BlackBox Biometrics (B3) is a technology company focused on preserving health, transforming behavior, and optimizing performance. B3 develops sensor systems that monitor, record, and analyze blast and impact events to protect warfighters, first responders, and athletes. From training to deployment, B3 technologies capture the data that drives change.

B3 has spent nearly a decade working with premier technology development agencies including the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM) to test and refine its personnel mounted monitoring systems. The Blast Gauge® System has been fielded with all branches of the U.S. military and in more than 20 countries. During the same period, CSI has provided the same users with the most blast-survivable vehicle in the world. But while damage to a Husky vehicle is visible and can be quickly repaired to continue its life-saving mission, a blast-affected warfighter carries hidden trauma requiring monitoring to identify risk and maintain readiness. Through this partnership, CSI and B3 will ensure that these overpressure dangers become visible and that the long-term health impacts of military service are mitigated to the greatest possible extent.
For more information about CSI, please visit www.c-s-i.com.
For more information about B3, please visit www.b3inc.com.